GSI Sports Raised $6,000 for Kansas University Cancer Center
The headquarters of travel industry leader Global Connections, Inc. was the scene when GSI Sports, a division of Global Connections, donated $6,000 to the University of Kansas (KU) Cancer Center. The money was raised during GSI Sports’ Soccer Tournament held in October 2015, and will be used towards finding a cure for children’s cancer.
Coined the Gold Ribbon Tournament, the inaugural event was held at the Polo Fields in Kansas City, home of the Nutmeg and GSI Fall Cup Tournaments. During the two-day soccer tournament, soccer players not only enjoyed the friendly competition, they were encouraged to share cancer survivors they were playing for on poster boards set up around the venue and painted on their faces. All in attendance were treated to complimentary refreshments donated by Dunkin’ Donuts and Hiland Dairy, and they took photos at the photo booth donated by Instafun KC Photo Booth.
On hand to present the donation in January was Tom Lyons, President and CEO of Global Connections, Huw Savage, GSI Tournament Director and Katy Gray, GSI Sports Event Housing Coordinator. Accepting the donation for Kansas University were Dr. Scott Weir, KU Cancer Center, and Christine Wilson, KU Endowment.
According to Dr. Weir, only 1 in 10,000 drugs discovered and developed for new cancer treatments will make it to production. An average of 1.5 million dollars is spent to develop a new drug that will take 12 to 17 years before it’s to the market with a patent life of just 20 years. Drug development is a risky business so the KU Cancer Center focuses on drug repurposing.
“This gift will support our efforts to treat Rhabdomyosarcoma, a very tough, rare cancer that is difficult to treat and overcome,” explains Dr. Weir. “Rhabdomyosarcoma affects about 350 patients a year, including young children, adolescents and adults.”
“We wanted to thank you so much. You provided a great venue for kids to learn the importance of giving back while raising awareness for our cancer center. The tournament was a blast and we hope you do it again. All the effort you put into this really means a lot to us,” adds Christine.
GSI Sports has already planned for the 2016 Gold Ribbon Tournament. The KU Cancer Center fundraiser will be held October 21-23, 2016 at the Polo Grounds in Kansas City, Missouri. Teams can sign up online at www.GSISports.com.
“KU Cancer Center is becoming one of the top cancer research centers in the country right here in our hometown. We are honored to contribute to their efforts,” says Tom. “Global is proud to say GSI Sports is kickin’ cancer one goal at a time.”
GSI Sports is a division of Global Connections, Inc., organizing local and regional level soccer tournaments, residential and day soccer camps and sports housing management. GSI Sports was created in 2001 when Global Connections recognized the opportunity to combine travel with sporting events. What began with only two soccer camps and one tournament now provides sports management and travel services to thousands of sports enthusiasts across the country.