Kansas Athletics Donates $20,000 to Charities from Victory T-Shirt Sales

May 14, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas athletics has donated $10,000 to both the Folds of Honor Foundation and the KU Wounded Warriors Endowment from its sales from the Victory T-shirts highlighting the final men’s basketball conference meeting between Kansas and Missouri.

Kansas won the last league men’s basketball Border Showdown, 87-86 overtime, on Feb. 25 in a jam-packed Allen Fieldhouse. Then-No. 4 KU overcame a second-half 19-point deficit to defeat the then-No. 3 Missouri. The contest ended a 106-year league history between the border rivals which started in 1907 as Missouri will join the Southeastern Conference in 2012-13.

The shirts were made special to raise money for charities and highlighted the facts of the KU-MU men’s basketball rivalry.

About the Folds of Honor Foundation – http://www.foldsofhonor.org/

The Folds of Honor Foundation was founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a former KU men’s golfer, F-16 pilot, golf course owner, PGA Professional and USGA member. A Major in the Air National Guard and a decorated military aviator, Rooney has served three combat tours in Iraq. After returning from his second tour, Major Rooney witnessed a profound situation that drove him to create the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Mission statement: The Folds of Honor Foundation is rallying a nation to ensure no family is left behind in the fight to preserve American freedom. Through scholarships and other assistance, we give back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country. We provide healing, hope and an opportunity for dreams to be realized…with the support of people like you. We feel this is our duty as citizens of the greatest country in the world.

About the KU Wounded Warrior Endowment Fund (through KU Endowment) – http://www.opmge.ku.edu/~mge/woundedwarriors.shtml

KU has initiated a KU Wounded Warrior Endowment to create a scholarship fund for severely wounded service members and the spouses/caregivers for those who receive a 100% disability rating. The first scholarship is planned to be awarded this fall for a disabled veteran, of any rank, from any of the services, to pursue a degree of their choosing at KU (bachelors through PhD). This an endowed scholarship and it is the intent of OPMGE and KU Veteran’s Alumni Chapter, that the amount and number of scholarships available to be awarded will rapidly increase in the coming years.