Updated 8/26/2014: The #IceBucketChallenge has been sweeping newsfeeds across the country, and members of the University of Kansas community have accepted the challenge—including men’s basketball coach Bill Self:
Not familiar with this bizarre-but-funny social media phenomenon? No, it’s not a way to keep cool during the warm summer months. The challenge began as a creative way to spread awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and quickly went viral. Participants are doused, on video, with buckets of ice water and then post said video to their social networks while nominating their friends to take the challenge.
Those who choose not to take the challenge are encouraged to make a donation to an ALS charity, but it’s obvious that many of the people getting drenched are also making donations. The most popular beneficiary is the ALS Association at alsa.org. Those looking to support ALS research at KU can contribute at www.kuendowment.org/neurology.
The annual Smoky Hill Chapter golf tournament was held on May 16 at the Smoky Hill Country Club in Hays. John Jeter, a local chapter volunteer and member of the KU Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, shared his thoughts about this year’s event with us.
What a glorious day in Hays! We had a record crowd for the annual Smoky Hill Chapter golf tourney with more than 120 participants, and the Smoky Hill Country Club course was in beautiful shape. Registration started at 9:30 with tee-off at 11 a.m. We finished in an efficient five hours, with foursomes playing scramble, using their precious Mulligans and vying for team and individual honors.
The day was capped by a pig roast with meat generously provided by Butch Billips, assoc., of America’s Best Steaks. While we expected to hear from legendary former coach Ted Owens, we were also surprised to see none other than head football coach Charlie Weis show up to share his vision of the football program with a delighted audience. Both Coach Owens and Coach Weis were great, and we had plenty of time for questions and socializing with these two special guests.
Coach Owens looks fantastic and remembers every play from every year! He was accompanied by his daughter and brought back so many memories for many in the crowd who attended or watched KU games during his tenure. By the way, he made it clear Jo Jo’s heel never touched the line! Coach Weis was his usual honest, up-front self who “tells it like it is” to the crowd. He enjoyed backing up Coach Owens and clearly felt good about being able to attend at the last minute. He commented that Butch’s pig was the best he’d ever had!
What do we do next year to top this event? We have the same date reserved, and we hope we can lure another big crowd and stellar speakers. As a life-long KU football fan, my vote is to bring Coach Weis back again to bask in the glory of the break-out season we all hope is just around the corner. Thanks to the Alumni Association staff who always do a great job. This was the kick-off for ’Hawk Days of Summer and what a way to kick it off!
—John Jeter, c’77, m’81
Watch the slideshow below to see pictures from the golf tournament, or click here to view the photos on Flickr.
The 8th annual KU Kickoff, held last weekend in Prairie Village, was a great success!
Thousands of Jayhawks of all ages gathered at Corinth Square to celebrate KU while they enjoyed the pep band, Spirit Squad and live music from Sellout. Four KU coaches addressed the crowd: football coach Charlie Weis, men’s basketball coach Bill Self; women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson; and women’s track and field national Coach of the Year Stanley Redwine.
Watch the short video below to see some of their remarks to the crowd:
Click here to see pictures from the event, or watch the slideshow below.
Thanks to all the alumni, fans and friends who joined us for KU Kickoff! We hope to see you on the Hill this fall.
Kansas Athletics and the KU Alumni Association have partnered to bring KU football to Jayhawks across the midwest this spring! If you’re a football fan, don’t miss this opportunity to meet Coach Weis.
You might remember that last spring we hosted several events around the state of Kansas that featured the newly-hired head coach. This year, we’re expanding the events to include a number of cities outside of Kansas.
All Jayhawk alumni, fans and friends are invited to attend the events, which include free receptions, luncheons and happy hours in several cities. Sheahon Zenger, director of athletics, will also be in attendance, along with Kansas Athletics and KU Alumni Association staff members.
Here’s a list of the events, with a link to purchase tickets if there’s a cost involved:
Denver: Thurs., May 2, at Stoney’s Full Steam Tavern (free)
Topeka: Wed., May 22, at Ramada Inn Downtown Convention Center (free)
Commemorative KU football items will be available, and you’ll also have the chance to win autographed merchandise and football tickets. And, if you’re a KU Alumni Association member, be sure to show your membership card to receive a free members-only gift!
Don’t have your membership card handy? We’ve made it easy for you– our emails now include your membership status printed at the bottom, so you can show a recent email to our staff to get your gift. Not a member? Click here to join.
Click here to read about the KU football team’s spring game, held on Saturday, Apr. 13.
New football Coach Charlie Weis got to meet and talk football with hundreds of KU alumni and fans this month during the Kansas Football May Tour, which was sponsored by the KU Alumni Association and Kansas Athletics. The nine-stop tour concluded Wednesday with events in Topeka and Kansas City.
Football Coach Charlie Weis has completed his first week of touring Kansas, meeting alumni and fans to introduce himself and preview the upcoming football season. The tour, which is co-sponsored by the KU Alumni Association and Kansas Athletics, received a lot of publicity in some of the communities where Coach Weis spoke: