Feb. 19, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Ten University of Wisonsin student-athletes rolled up their sleeves and waited tables to benefit United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) at the organization's annual banquet last Saturday.
UW football players Ray Ball, Derek Watt, Warren Herring, Dan Voltz and Kyle French, women's soccer players Genevieve Richard, Kodee Williams and Monica Lam-Feist and cross country runners Dana Steffen and Rebecca Stoebe were among the 36 celebrity servers that participated in the event, along with UW men's soccer head coach John Trask and swimming head coach Whitney Hite.
Together, the Badgers served 171 guests at the event held at Blackhawk Country Club in Madison.
"It was a great event that allowed us to experience the service side of things and work with great people for a great cause," said Watt, a sophomore fullback.
While much humor was derived from the student-athletes' abilities as waiters and waitresses, the highlight of the evening was when sophomore offensive lineman Ray Ball challenged NBC15 anchor Leigh Mills to a cheesecake-eating contest.
The petite anchor was able to beat the 327-pound lineman.
"Expect there to be a Round 2," said Ball.
The 10 student-athletes also concluded the evening by all squeezing into a photo booth dressed in costumes ranging from Viking horns to crowns and bunny ears.
"UW student-athletes are a central draw to this event and we are incredibly grateful for their generosity, time and energy," said Trisha Davies, Director of Development and Marketing at UCP. "UCP's Celebrity Banquet allows us to fund programs for children and families throughout the rest of the year."