The KSU Dance Team took home first place for their spirited STOMP-like rendition. Proceeds from the event were donated to KSU’s Athletic Department’s official charity — The Golden Soldiers — a nonprofit organization that provides year-round events and services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
KSU athletic director Vaughn Williams, and The Golden Soldiers founder, Lindsey Turner, co-emceed the event with special guest judges Madison Montour, 9, a third-grader with spina bifida and Cameron Ulrich, a 17-year-old Allatoona High School student with cerebral palsy.
During the event, Theta Chi Fraternity presented a check for $1,813 to Turner for The Golden Soldiers. It was the second public event for the fraternity in support of The Golden Soldiers in recent months. Theta Chi also donated the proceeds from their September “Desperado” Weekend and Concert to the charity. Event guest judges, Madison and Cameron, were honored by KSU’s Dance Team and Men’s Baseball Team, respectively.
“We are thrilled that the Kennesaw State University Student-Athlete Talent Show was a great success again this year,” said Karen Pfeifer, Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Welfare. “Our student-athletes have been talking about it since last year’s show and now have great pride in the preparation of their performances and their desire to support the Golden Soldiers. Our student-athletes have made a real connection with the children supported by The Golden Soldiers. Our student-athletes are becoming champions in the community, as well as in the classroom and in athletics.”
Turner said, “Being part of the KSU Student-Athlete Talent show was a huge honor. The support Kennesaw State University, the Athletic Association, and Theta Chi Fraternity have given The Golden Soldiers is tremendous. I am so proud to be an Owl, and to watch my alma mater support the efforts of The Golden Soldiers is amazing. We could not do what we do without the support of groups like this.”
The Golden Soldiers Inc. is a faith-based, nonprofit focused on spreading the Golden Rule by providing year-round events, activities, and services for families and individuals with developmental disabilities.