Friday July 31, 2009Florida Football Holds Second Annual Gator Charity Challenge Friday Night
The University of Florida football team held its second annual Gator Charity Challenge event Friday evening at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in front of a crowd of 2,500 fans from The Gator Nation. The charity fundraiser, which was initiated prior to the 2008 season, featured the 2009 Gator squad challenging each other in a series of three strength competitions, including the tire flip, sled push and obstacle course.
Florida fans watched as the Gator football players, divided into six teams, went head-to-head at the three competitions, each team representing one of six Shands Hospital-affiliated charities: American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Children’s Miracle Network, March of Dimes, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the North Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
One event shy of completion due to inclement weather, redshirt senior Gator Charity Challenge captain Cade Holliday (Gainesville, Fla.) and his team, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, pulled out the win in the strongman challenge.
“We finished summer training on a great note and with lots of energy,” Florida strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti said. “This is how we wanted to end our offseason program heading into the fall season. We had a great crowd here tonight and we want to thank all the fans who came out to support the Gators and our mission to raise awareness for our six charities.”
Gator fans were able to pledge donations to any of the six charities via pledge cards located inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Additionally, representatives from each charity were on hand to educate and promote awareness of their respective causes.
2009 Gator Charity Challenge Charities and Team Captains
1. American Cancer Society – Joey Sorrentino (Ocala, Fla.)
2. American Heart Association – Jermaine Cunningham (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
3. Children’s Miracle Network – Dorian Munroe (Miami, Fla.)
4. March of Dimes – David Nelson (Wichita Falls, Texas)
5. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Cade Holliday (Gainesville, Fla.)
6. Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Lorenzo Edwards (Orlando, Fla.)