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25 Years of Dizzy Bat for a Good Cause

Duke MBA Games raise money for Special Olympics

April 09, 2013

It's a Fuqua tradition rooted in a very important cause. The Duke MBA Games marks its 25th anniversary this year.  The games will be held on Saturday, April 13th from 9 AM to 3 PM on Duke's East Campus.

The games bring together students from business schools all over the country to compete on the field in things like dizzy bat while raising money for Special Olympics. This year teams from 14 schools and 32 athletes from Special Olympics will participate.

Fundraisers surrounding the MBA Games have raised more than $2.1 million dollars over the last 25 years.

Student organizer Pat Heffernan shares more about the event in a Fuqua Q and A.

What is your favorite part of the MBA Games?

Seeing business students from everywhere come together to cheer on the athletes. It's pretty amazing to see how excited they are to participate and how hard they work on that day.

What do you gain from spending time with the athletes from Special Olympics?

Respect and humility; these athletes work hard towards their personal goals. It's great to be a part of this.

What do you think students learn about the importance of giving back from organizing an event like this?

Volunteers learn that giving back, even just a few hours of their time, goes a long way in the athletes' experience. Many of them remember this day the rest of their lives, and it's a privilege to be a part of the experience.

Why are other business schools such an important part of this event?

It's great to see so many students put aside school rivalries and come together for a joint cause. Just like Duke, other universities are raising money all year, so to spend a weekend together and celebrate the athletes' work is a great reward to all the work that went into fundraising throughout the year.