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Duke University's MBA Games Begins its Fifteenth Year of Fundraising for the NC Special Olympics

March 31, 2003

DURHAM, NC -- Duke’s Fuqua School of Business is marking its 15th year of hosting its annual MBA Games on April 3 – 6 in support of the North Carolina Special Olympics.

The MBA Games unite 10 of the country’s top business schools in a mock Olympics. They are: the University of Chicago; Columbia; Dartmouth; Georgetown; Harvard; Kellogg; Kenan-Flagler; Sloan; Stern; and Wharton. Roughly 120 students converge on Fuqua’s campus to compete and socialize with each other as well as the Special Olympic athletes.

“The MBA Games are a valuable and unique learning experience for all involved,” said Howdie Coonley, co-chair of the MBA Games with Christine Sa. “It is a time when many of the top MBA schools unite to give back to the greater community and still have fun.”

A few of the unique events scheduled during the weekend include a briefcase toss; a swimsuit relay, where the competitors must swim in business suits; an obstacle course, which includes a tricycle ride; a tug-of-war match; and a Special Olympian soccer goal shootout.

The MBA Games’ top sponsors include Ford Motor Company, Bank One, Cigna and Exxon Mobil. All of the proceeds raised from corporate sponsors go directly to the North Carolina Special Olympics, a tax-deductible charity. It has grown to become one of NC Special Olympics’ largest fundraising events, raising more than one million dollars since the MBA Games creation.

The opening ceremonies begin at 9:45 a.m. at the Wilson Center entrance. Most of the events are held at the Wilson Center. The MBA Games are free and open to the public. For a detailed schedule, visit www.mbagames.org.