Tour de Touchdown Raises Funds for Children's Hospital

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Tour de Touchdown Raises Funds for American Family Children's HospitalMADISON - When University of Wisconsin football fans want to see their team play a road game, they take a car or perhaps a plane. Not so for some Sigma Phi Epsilon members when the Badgers play at Indiana on Saturday, November 8.

Nine representatives of the fraternity will participate in a three-day bike ride to Bloomington, Indiana as part of its 18th Annual Tour De Touchdown to raise money for American Family Children's Hospital's Child Life programs, which involve playtime activities and other events to reduce the stress of hospitalization for patients and families.

"Tour De Touchdown is the largest fund-raising event held by a fraternity at UW," said bike team member Corbin Blankenstein. "Each member of Sigma Phi Epsilon takes great pride in having an impact on the long term care of patients. The most gratifying aspects of Tour De Touchdown are the times when we get to interact with the kids on a one-on-one basis."

The bike team will leave Madison Wednesday carrying a football, autographed by head coach Bret Bielema, in a backpack. Bikers will take turns pedaling the 412 mile journey while teammates follow the route in a car. The ball will be used sometime during the game.

All UW fraternities and sororities have joined in the effort to solicit funds for the event, which has raised $30,000 in the last three years.

Tentatively, the bikers will ride south of Madison through central Illinois and eventually turn east toward Bloomington, Indiana. They'll sleep overnight at motels or friends' homes, arrive at Indiana University Friday night and stay at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house that evening.

Date Published: 11/03/2008

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