MBA Students Organize Basketball Tournament to Benefit Teach for America

February 20, 2009

Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business MBA students raised about $8,500 for the Washington, D.C., chapter of Teach for America in the 20th annual Ultimate 4 Basketball Tournament, held February 14 and 15. This student-run event, hosted each year at Georgetown, is the longest-running MBA basketball tournament in the country.

Student organizers Amanda Sisley, Frances Vincent, and Meghan O'Neill have been planning the two-day event since November. Vincent worked with representatives of the D.C. chapter of Teach for America and focused on procuring sponsorships from area businesses such as Starbucks, Einstein Bagels, and Bruegger's Bagels. Sisley organized game-day operations.

Eighteen business schools participated in this year's tournament. Each team is self selected and all players must be enrolled in the MBA program at their respective schools. O'Neill coordinated communications for the team captains, starting in November and continuing through the tournament weekend.

"I have always wanted to work in sports and my skills and background as an account manager are pretty well suited for event management, so I thought it was a great combination of the two," said Sisley. "This tournament is just one of the ways Georgetown's McDonough School of Business gets directly involved in doing good."

Sisley continued, "This year's champions, from the University of Pittsburgh, won by one point against the highly competitive Columbia University team."