Football Players and Fraternity Members Square-off to Pump Up for Piccolo

April 22, 2008

On Wednesday, Head Coach Jim Grobe and the Meineke Bowl Champion Wake Forest football team will join with the men of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and other WFU fraternities to compete in a weight lifting and strength event to raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund Drive.

The Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund Drive was established by students in 1980 in memory of a great Wake Forest athlete/alum and Chicago Bears football star who died of cancer at the age of 26.

The inaugural year of the drive brought in $3,500 and each successive year has seen increases in both community involvement and monies raised (over $863,000 for 27 years). The monies raised are donated to the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University. In this, its eleventh year, the "Pump Up For Piccolo" event has set a goal of $3,000 in the fight against cancer.

Ten teams comprised of two football players and two fraternity members will compete against each other in a series of weight lifting and strength events. Prizes will be awarded to the "strongest" teams.

Student athletes and Pi Kappa Alpha brothers will raise money for the Piccolo Cancer Drive through individual and business sponsorships of the competition.

The Wake Forest Athletic Department is a proud sponsor of "Pump Up For Piccolo."

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