Touchdowns, field goals and other scores by the Baylor Bears during Tuesday’s Russell Athletic Bowl will earn more than points after Baylor University alum Allison Temnick suggested Robert Griffin III’s nonprofit group, Family of 3, use an online fundraising website to raise money for a disabled Waco veteran.
Fans can pledge a dollar amount per point on Pledge It, an online sports fundraising website, in the effort to repair a local veteran family’s home. Family of 3 has promised to match every pledge up to $25,000 in total pledges.
Temnick graduated from Baylor with a business marketing degree in 2012 and is now working toward a master’s in nonprofit administration at the University of Notre Dame, where she is studying different ways professional athletes can use their platform to champion their causes.
Temnick contacted Family of 3 and suggested the fundraiser as a way for Baylor fans nationwide to be more involved with their alma mater while funding a good cause.
“I thought it was a really fun way to get fans involved in raising money,” Temnick said.
Family of 3 Executive Director Will Mallow said the organization is excited about the idea’s potential to help a local family, which will be announced in February.
“The cool thing about it is getting the Baylor community together and enjoying the football game that they’re already going to enjoy, but knowing that they get to be a part of something much bigger, as well,” he said.
The nonprofit group is vetting recipients with Waco’s branch of Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mallow said, and the money will be given based on need and the family’s ability to pass on the nonprofit group’s generosity.
“When we decide who we’re helping, it has a lot to do with whether that person is going to uphold what we believe in and pay it forward,” he said.
Family for 3’s website states that donations go to support veterans, underprivileged youth and victims of domestic violence.
The Russell Athletic Bowl pledge amount currently sits at about $90 per point scored by Baylor, with a goal of $800 per point. If the drive makes its goal of $800, the team would need to score at least 32 points to reach $25,000, Mallow said. People can pledge up until the start of the game at 4:30 p.m., or donate a flat rate.
“We’re all looking forward to it greatly,” he said. “We’re going to be hoping for a blowout victory, without a doubt.”