Kennesaw State SIFE team named regional champions

The Kennesaw State University Students in Free Enterprise Team matched their educational outreach…

Georgia (Apr 6, 2001) — Kennesaw State SIFE team named regional champions



The Kennesaw State University Students in Free Enterprise Team matched their educational outreach projects against the programs of other SIFE Teams at the 2001 SIFE Regional Exposition and Career Opportunity Fair held April 2 in Atlanta. The KSU SIFE Team was named regional champion out of a field of more than 40 collegiate competitors‚ earning them the right to compete at the National Expo in Kansas City in May.

In addition to being named regional champion‚ the KSU SIFE Team was honored for its work in four special competitions sponsored by SIFE. It was the only team out of more than 700 teams from across the nation that were finalists in all four of the special competitions:

USA Weekend's National Make a Difference Day special competition;

Visa Credit Awareness Week Educational Program competition;

Discover Card's Teach a Child about Business Week; and

The Kaufmann Foundation's Entrepreneurial Education Award.

SIFE encourages students to take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to real−life situations and to use their knowledge to improve their communities through educational outreach projects. The projects presented by the KSU SIFE Team included programs with Acworth Elementary School‚ Ford Elementary School‚ North Cobb Christian School and the Cobb County MicroEnterprise Council. The students received business advice from members of the Kennesaw Business Association and the Acworth Business Association.

Teams were judged on the effectiveness of their projects during a 24−minute presentation and were evaluated on creativity and innovation‚ results of education programs‚ success in utilizing resources and documentation of activities. KSU SIFE students also met with dozens of corporate representatives from the Atlanta business community to discuss job opportunities. Regional champions named at 20 competitions held around the country will present their projects at the 2001 SIFE USA National Exposition‚ sponsored by the Kansas City Business Community‚ May 13−15 in Missouri. The national champion in the four−year division will travel to London‚ in July to compete at the inaugural SIFE World Cup.

KSU Professor of Management Gary B. Roberts serves as advisor for the KSU SIFE Team. Roberts was named a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow in 1986 in recognition of his leadership and support of the SIFE program at Kennesaw State. "Our KSU SIFE Team students taught business principles to more than 1‚000 elementary school children‚ more than 500 college students and worked with almost 50 low−to moderate−income adults as part of their education­who could ask for a more real−world advantage?"

Founded in 1975 and active on more than 1‚000 college compuses in 20 countries‚ SIFE is a non−profit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to provide college students the opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership‚ teamwork and communication skills through learning‚ practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise. For more information‚ contact SIFE World Headquarters in Springfield‚ Mo.‚ at 1−800−677−SIFE or Kennesaw State University‚ at 770−423−6078‚ or visit


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