Oct. 17, 2013
• Photo Gallery | Badger football's Udelhoven makes a half-courter
MADISON, Wis. -- A year ago, Bo Ryan challenged the UW-Madison student body to determine his donation to the American Cancer Society, and the Badgers responded in impressive fashion – making him donate $41,279.
In year two of the Shooting Down Cancer event, the UW students outdid themselves, upping the donation to an incredible $66,130.
“I’m so proud of our student body for turning out like they did and I’m impressed at how well they shot the ball,” Ryan said Thursday night. “Our team only made one half-court shot, so we ought to have the students come in and teach us a few things.”
The premise remained the same, Bo and his wife, Kelly, would donate $1 for every student who showed up at the Kohl Center during the four-hour event, $10 for every student who made a free throw and $1,000 for anyone who drained a half-court shot.
Over 2,100 students participated, draining a total of 59 half-court shots. Those numbers far surpassing last year’s totals of 1,600 students and 36 half-court makes.
Nearly all of the UW athletic teams participated in the effort, highlighted by made half-courters from football’s Connor Udelhoven, men’s soccer’s Carl Schneider, men’s hockey’s Kevin Schulze and softball’s Ashley Van Zeeland, among others. As for the men’s basketball team, freshman Aaron Moesch was the only one to knock down his heave.
“For my wife, Kelly, and I, the battle against cancer is near and dear to hearts and we’re more than happy to do our part in the fight,” Ryan added. “What a fun event for our team to get to know the students on campus and hopefully do some good while we’re at it.”