Sports enthusiasts have been linked to the Ronald McDonald houses ever since the start of the charity, which builds and renovates houses near medical campuses so families can live together during children's major medical procedures.
Outliers: College hoops for charity
The first Ronald McDonald House was born in Philadelphia in 1974 after Eagles tight end Fred Hill and his wife, whose daughter had leukemia, saw how the parents of sick children often were forced to sleep in waiting rooms and eat from hospital vending machines during their kids' care. The team's fundraising efforts led to the creation of the first house, and more than 300 have opened around the world since then.
More recently, Outliers had noted college basketball becoming a vehicle for fundraising.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (Wash.) has long hosted an annual Gonzaga University men's basketball game, turning its RMHC Classic into one of the local charity's biggest annual fundraisers, according to news accounts.
Now eastern Iowa is following suit. On Dec. 6, the in-state rivalry game between University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa will become the first annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic, according to an article in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Benefitting is the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City, which is near the UI Hospitals and Clinics campus.
Combining college basketball and fundraising for sick kids? Sounds like a slam dunk.
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