Sport management graduate students Cody Meincke, Adam Kopp, and Zach Schroeder organized the 4th annual Miracle League Golf Scramble in April.

They raised more than $8,000 to benefit the Miracle League of Central Illinois, a local organization that provides physically and mentally challenged children with the opportunity to play baseball. As part of an advanced events planning course, the students worked with the Miracle League to secure sponsorships, food, and golfers, as well as manage the actual event.

The organizers received real-world, practical event planning experience, while also getting the opportunity to raise money and work hand-in-hand with a local nonprofit, according to their professor, Liz Sattler.

This year, two young Miracle League participants were on site to hit balls off the tee in order to get the golf outing started. At the auction following the scramble, the kids spoke to the golfers about what the Miracle League means to them.