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UMD Students to Compete to 'Do Good' at UMD April 29

April 18, 2014
Contacts: 

Megan Campbell 301-405-4390

Former NFL MVP and CBS NFL Today Analyst Boomer Esiason, Legendary Sports Agent David Falk and Morgan Stanley's Bob Seaberg to be Do Good Challenge Celebrity Judges

Do Good ChallengeCOLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland is proud to announce that philanthropists NFL MVP and CBS NFL Today Analyst Boomer Esiason '84 and Legendary Sports Agent David Falk will headline a high profile panel of judges for the final round of the Do Good Challenge on the College Park campus, April 29. Bob Seaberg, board member, Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust, will join them as a representative of Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, the lead sponsor of the Challenge.

Creating a new way to engage UMD students in philanthropy, the third-annual innovative prize competition inspires Terps to make the greatest social impact they can for their favorite cause. The competition is run by the School of Public Policy Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. New this year, the Center has partnered with the Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Social Value Creation to create two tracks for the challenge:

  • Projects: student-run initiatives that maximize impact for a particular cause or organization through volunteering, fundraising, and/or awareness efforts; and
  • Ventures: independent, student-founded and student-run organizations intended to be self-sustaining entities in the long run.

Student projects and ventures had between Feb. 10 and April 6 to "do good" for a cause or charity by advocating, raising money, volunteering, or developing a creative new solution to a social problem. The student teams are now in the process of being paired down to six finalists: three ventures and three projects. On April 29, those teams will pitch their work to the celebrity judge panel and a live audience and will be evaluated on the impact, leverage and creativity of their project or venture. This year's winners in each track will receive $6,000 for their cause, and all the finalists will receive cash prizes.

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences will also be sponsoring a $2,500 "Be the Solution" audience choice prize for the project or venture that receives the most overall votes. In addition, UMD's National Scholarship Office will be announcing the recipients of the Maryland Leadership and Discovery Grant, a scholarship that awards up to $6,000 to UMD students to implement an innovative social impact project, at the Do Good Challenge finals. 

Boomer Esiason"The Do Good Challenge has rapidly become one of the important – and really fun – ways we're creating a new culture of philanthropy on campus," says Professor Robert T. Grimm, Jr., director of the School of Public Policy Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. "The competition is part of making philanthropy a pillar of the Maryland experience.  No other university includes Maryland's extensive and innovative hands-on philanthropic experiences."

About the judges
Esiason, a former Terp, had an All-America career at the University of Maryland and went on to become one of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history, including being a four-time Pro Bowl quarterback and named the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1988. He launched the Boomer Esiason Foundation in 1994, a dynamic partnership of leaders in the medical and business communities joining with a committed core of volunteers to heighten awareness, education and quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure.

David FalkFalk, the founder of FAME, a boutique sports agency, one of the sports marketing industry's leading figures and most talented innovators, has had a 40 year career in representing the top players in NBA history. In 1984, Falk negotiated Michael Jordan's ground-breaking record deal with Nike, and in the process coined the nickname "Air Jordan" which led to the most successful endorsement relationship in sports history. In 2009, Falk released his first book, The Bald Truth, in which he shares the secrets to his success and talks about his experiences in the sports marketing field.

Bob SeabergSeaberg, Board member of the Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust and President of Intersect Consulting has had over 30 years in the financial services industry, as a financial advisor, professional development executive, strategic marketing professional and director of financial and wealth planning. As president of Intersect Consulting he advises financial services firms and financial advisors as well as nonprofit boards, philanthropists and exploring the lines where different disciplines, such as philanthropy and social impact, meet.

Along with Morgan Stanley's lead sponsorship, other key sponsors and partners of the Challenge include the Center for Social Value Creation, the National Scholarship Office, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Freed Photography and Pepsi.

More information about the Do Good Challenge is available at http://dogood.umd.edu.