Lincoln-Way West Entrepreneurship helps raise money for a cause
Friday, May 4, 2018

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Lincoln-Way East hosted the ninth annual Lincoln-Way Breast Cancer/Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Night. All three Lincoln-Way High Schools, along with Homewood-Flossmoor High School, competed in the event. Although the spotlight was on the soccer players, their fundraising efforts had many “behind the scenes” students at work.

In the weeks prior to the “Kick for the Cure” event, Warriors in Brian Glynn’s Entrepreneurship Class were grouped into two teams, each designated to raise funds for either cancer or diabetes. Students were tasked with designing, ordering, pricing, marketing and selling T-shirts in order to raise money for the event.

“The process was all on the students,” says Glynn. Warriors used tactics learned in Entrepreneurship to raise as much money as possible.

They surveyed their fellow classmates to gauge interest in different shirt styles, as well as determine a fair and desirable price point. Students then designed the shirts, asked classmates for feedback, and researched various vendors to find the best price and quality. After collecting pre-orders and marketing the shirts via flyers and social media, they ordered their product.

“We sold a total of 125 shirts for a profit of over $400,” says Glynn. Students raising funds for cancer sold 75 T-shirts and students raising funds for diabetes sold 50. The project allowed students to research and work through the process of creating a product and ensuring a profit.

"In order to be successful you have to work hard,” says senior Hope Beeson, who headed the winning team. “My team and I had to be organized and work together to achieve our goal."

T-shirt sales from all three schools, combined with raffles at the event, raised over $2,700 for the cause. Funds from the event are donated annually to The Silver Cross Foundation and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This is the ninth year that Lincoln-Way Soccer Teams have come together for the cause.

“We appreciate all the work the Entrepreneurship class put in to help us raise more money through the T-shirts,” says Lincoln-Way West Varsity Soccer Captain, Kate Honan. “Not only did it help promote awareness for our charities, but it promoted girls soccer and showed how successful we can be as a school if we all work together.”