The DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program, part of the UCF College of Business Administration, won the 2009 Service Award for Volunteer Engagement from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The group was selected for the Team MBA award based on their volunteer work with the Hope for Stanley Alliance.
The Hope for Stanley Alliance is a largely student-led non-profit organization founded by Richard Lapchick, chair of the DeVos Sport Business Management Program, along with students from the program’s class of 2006.
Volunteers from the DeVos program have traveled to the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans every winter, spring and summer break since December 2006 to help rebuild the homes and lives of residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. Most of the volunteer work has been done by DeVos students, but the program has also drawn student volunteers from other schools.
Since 2007, more than 600 people have volunteered for the Hope for Stanley Alliance. Last August, MBA students contributed more than 1,100 hours, which is equivalent to one person working 40 hours per week for 6 ½ months.
For more information on the Hope For Stanley Alliance, please visit their website.