Sport Management class’s bowling event to benefit charity of late Rice student James Ragan

Rice University’s Event Management & Customer Service class will donate the proceeds from its April 19 “Bowl(ing) Over Kid(s) Cancer” fundraiser to Triumph Over Kid Cancer in honor of the late Rice student James Ragan. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m.

Formerly called the Owl Bowl, the annual event was renamed by the class, which is offered by the Department of Sport Management. MD Anderson Cancer Center has agreed to make a matching donation of the total amount raised during the three-hour event, which will feature a live DJ, raffle, silent auction, special guests and prizes for tournament winners. Barbecue (sponsored by Demeris Barbecue) and drinks will be provided for all participants.

Triumph Over Kid Cancer is a charity founded in 2007 by Ragan and his sister, Mecklin (a 2013 graduate). The foundation’s proceeds benefit pediatric cancer research.

James Ragan was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (the eighth most common form of pediatric cancer) at age 13. He matriculated with the Rice Class of 2015 and was a member of Rice’s varsity golf team. He died at his Corpus Christi, Texas, home Feb. 17, 2014. Ragan’s friends and family are continuing to make his dream a reality.

Event Management & Customer Service is required for all sport management majors. The class is taught by Jason Sosa, senior lecturer of sport management, and Diane Crossey, senior director of event operations and guest services for the Houston Texans.

To register for Bowl Over Kid Cancer, click here: For more information about the event, contact Joe Beck at .

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