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College Breaks UF Campaign for Charities Participation Record Three Years In a Row

#UFHHP Gators Give

Oct. 21, 2022

The College of Health & Human Performance broke its Campaign for Charities participation record once again!

Employees across campus participate in UFCC and compete every fall to raise money for numerous charities serving the region including the United Way of North Central Florida, Community Health Charities of Florida and other independent agencies.

Faculty and staff in the College of Health & Human Performance (HHP) broke records during this year's annual University of Florida Campaign for Charities (UFCC) giving campaign for the second year in a row. As a college, faculty and staff raised more than $15,000 with a record-breaking 35 percent of faculty and staff participating.

DivisionParticipation RateAmount Pledged
Applied Physiology & Kinesiology 18% $2,315
Dean's Office 69% $7,856
Health Education & Behavior 28% $1,947
Sport Management 36% $923
Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management 36% $1,972
TOTAL 35% $15,013

On Oct. 6, 2022, community members from the College of Journalism and Communications and College of Health and Human Performance came together to support UF’s Campaign for Charities, an annual employee giving campaign to benefit charities serving our region.

Prizes provided by the community were awarded for the longest distance thrown and most creative paper airplane with judging provided by "Head Ball Coach" Steve Spurrier. This year, Brandon Hartline and Tracey Phillips from HHP were awarded these prizes respectively. CJC took home the trophy for most participation. Each paper airplane entry was $5 with all money benefitting UFCC.

Tommey BoDean and Allison Faircloth, on-air personalities for WRUF-FM Country 103.7 The Gator and coordinators for the student-run station GHQ, provided commentary during the challenge and a special weather report with specific attention to wind conditions was provided by FPREN and WUFT Chief Meteorologist Jeff George.

Nearly $500 was raised during the challenge. 

In addition to the Paper Airplane Challenge, all participants in the campaign were added to a raffle for an additional prize. Congratulations to raffle-prize-winner Giulio Ronzoni, instructional assistant professor in tourism, hospitality and event management.

For more than 15 years, UF employees have donated almost $1 million annually to charities serving the region. This year, 98 charities, all approved and vetted by the UFCC Planning Committee, participated. These nonprofits focus on health, social services, diversity, relief, development and environmental issues of local importance.

Employees can still contribute. To learn more, visit

The College of Health and Human Performance thanks its generous donor organizations for sponsoring prizes for this year's paper airplane challenge:

             Best Western Gateway Grand

             Cypress & Grove

             Guy Harvey Resort, St. Augustine Beach, FL

             HHP Dean’s Office 

             Hilton UF Conference Center

             Marriott Jacksonville

             Universal Studios 

             Wild Adventures 


Photos by Alex Marques

Paper Airplane Contest 2022.mp4 from WUFT Media on Vimeo.


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