Drury University in Springfield and Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar will compete once again in the second-annual CatFight Giving Challenge, through which the universities hope to raise money for their annual funds. Last year, SBU bested Drury in the friendly contest by raising $13,161 to Drury’s $8,375.
The fundraising contest coincides with the universities’ on-court rivalry in the Bank of Bolivar CatFight on Highway 13 basketball double-header Tuesday, Nov. 17, with the SBU women taking the court against Drury at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be in SBU’s Meyer Wellness and Sport Center.
The giving challenge begins Thursday, Nov. 12, and concludes Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the end of halftime of the Drury vs. SBU men’s basketball game. The winner of the challenge will be announced at the end of the men’s game.
Money raised by SBU will go to the university’s annual scholarship fund.
“With ninety-eight percent of our students receiving some sort of scholarship or financial assistance, the generous contributions of SBU alumni and friends make a significant impact in the lives of our students as they pursue an education in a Christ-centered, caring academic community,” said Dr. C. Pat Taylor, SBU president. “We are so grateful to the Bearcats who enthusiastically gave back in last year’s giving challenge and hope that this year yields even more support for our students through scholarships.”
Online donations may be made at SBUniv.edu/CatFight. Cash or check donations may be mailed to the SBU Office of Alumni Relations at 1600 University Ave., Bolivar, Mo., 65613. Alumni and friends of the university are encouraged to make a donation, participate in the excitement via social media and challenge other alumni and friends to donate.
All donations must be received by the universities before halftime of the men’s basketball game Nov. 17 in order to be counted for the competition.
For more information, contact Megan Hibma, assistant director of annual fund at SBU, at (417) 328-1801 or mhibma@SBUniv.edu. Single tickets to basketball games may be purchased in the Meyer Wellness Center ticket office an hour and a half prior to tipoff.