On Tuesday night, YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles defeated a #1 ranked team for just the second time in program history. As is usually the case when an unranked team beat the #1 team in the country, the court got stormed.
The Big East officially fined MU for that happening, in accordance with conference policy. The $5,000 fine is going directly to Camp Hometown Heroes, which is head coach Steve Wojciechowski’s charity of choice.
That’s all stuff we knew already, though. What you may not be aware of is that there is a GoFundMe set up to match the fine and double the amount going to the camp.
Two Marquette Class of 2014 alumni, Tyrell McGee and Will Knight, came up with the idea to increase the donation to Camp Hometown Heroes and they set up the page on the crowdsourced fundraising website. As of Friday morning, they’ve only collected a little bit over $300 towards the $5,000 goal, but hey: it’s been less than two days.
We already know from Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that $1,000 of donations to the camp pays full freight for one child of a fallen U.S. Armed Forces serviceman or servicewoman to attend camp. If we can round up enough cash to match the fine, that’s another five kids that get to go to camp for free. As McGee told AE, that seems to fit quite in line with Marquette’s mantra of faith, excellence, leadership, and service.
There is another way you can help increase donations to the camp if you find yourself a little short on disposable income at the moment. Steve Wojciechowski is a participant in ESPN and Infiniti’s Coaches’ Charity Challenge and recently advanced to the second round, guaranteeing another $7,500 for Camp Hometown Heroes. You can vote once per day for Wojo to advance to the third round, which would mean $10,000 for the camp.
The court storm marked the end of a good day for Marquette basketball and the start of a good day for Camp Hometown Heroes. Let’s turn it into a great day for a great cause.