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  Anderson University SIFE Team Wins at USA Regional Competition

The Anderson University SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team was named Regional Champion at the SIFE USA Regional Competition held April 4 in Atlanta, GA. The event is one of 12 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April.  

"The Anderson University SIFE Team has been working diligently this year to improve the lives of the people of Anderson through various service projects within the community,” said AU SIFE team president Danielle Atkinson. “Our hard work and persistence has paid off through winning the USA Regional Championship. We are excited to advance to the National Exposition and continue to have a positive impact on the Anderson area."

Anderson University is one of nearly 600 programs in the United States.  Participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. 

During this academic year, the Anderson University SIFE team organized six projects in the Anderson community, including an environmental sustainability project involving Sam’s Club, in which the team is once again a national finalist.

Other projects include Campbell’s “Let’s Can Hunger” Challenge, a project that raised over 34,000 pounds of food for the Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) food bank. The AU SIFE team also partnered with Upstate Federal Credit Union on “We Stand for Kids,” a financial literacy program. Additionally, the team is working with Lowe’s to improve the Children’s Calvary Home in Anderson, as part of the Lowe’s Community Improvement Challenge.

The culmination of the SIFE program is an annual series of competitions that provide a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges.  Teams compete first at the regional and national levels, then at the international level when the national champion teams from each country meet at the SIFE World Cup.

As a SIFE USA Regional Champion, the Anderson University SIFE team now advances to the 2011 SIFE USA National Exposition in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 10-12.             

SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise)

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that brings together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Founded in 1975, SIFE has active programs on more than 1,500 college and university campuses in 39 countries. Through projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, the university students, academic professionals and industry leaders who participate in SIFE are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change. For more information, contact SIFE USA at 417-831-9505, Anderson University, 864-231-5754, or visit

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