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MBAs win fourth straight charity challenge

by Jacob Freedman
USC Marshall students participated in the Challenge for Charity at Stanford University.
USC Marshall students participated in the Challenge for Charity at Stanford University.

The USC Marshall School of Business has scored a four-peat at the Challenge for Charity (C4C) team challenge.

In a competition against rivals from eight other top West Coast MBA programs, USC Marshall MBA students took home the school’s fourth straight Golden Briefcase after a yearlong competition that wrapped up with the C4C event at Stanford University on April 19-20.

The award takes into account the school with the most volunteer hours, most funds raised, and best attendance at and performance in an array of 28 sports-related competitions during that weekend. USC Marshall C4C members spent more than 6,000 community service hours volunteering with three charity organizations: the Special Olympics, Junior Achievement and A Better LA.

“Getting over 400 people to contribute an average of more than 14.5 hours each in an academic year is not an easy feat,” said Diane Badame, assistant dean and academic director of the full-time MBA program. “Our students are competitive but collaborative and work together as a team to strive to higher levels of performance every year.”

USC Marshall MBA students raised more than $186,000 for the organizations, almost 25 percent more than the previous year. Over the last three years, USC Marshall students have raised nearly $500,000 for charity.

“I am incredibly proud of our students and the culture that they have embraced,” said USC Marshall Dean James G. Ellis. “They understand that leadership means being engaged, connecting and giving back.”