Athletic Fundraising at the U of M, Crookston Highlighted by Bill Tyrrell Walk-a-thon on Thursday , April 29 and Teambacker Fun Nite on Friday, April 30

Bill Tyrrell's 4th Annual Golden Eagle Walk for Student Athletes will kick off some fundraisingBills_Challenge_logo4.gif fun at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Thursday, April 29, 2010. The walk-a-thon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field on the Crookston Campus. Crookston National Bank is sponsoring the food and beverages available during the walk for everyone who comes out to support the effort. Anyone interested in making a pledge of $10/mile (or $50) or more will receive one of Bill's walk- for-student-athletes t-shirts.

The following day everyone is invited to enjoy an evening of food, fun, games and prizes while during the 15th Annual Teambackers Fun Nite on Friday, April 30 at the Crookston Eagles Club. The evening begins with a social at 6 p.m. followed by dinner; games begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Fun Nite are $50 and available from a Teambacker member or by calling Director of Athletic Fundraising Bill Tyrrell at 218-281-8436.

Fun Nite is an annual event and ticket holders are eligible for more than $1500 in prizes. Numerous live and silent auction items will be available along with raffles and other games.

The Teambackers Club is an athletic promotion and fundraising organization for UMC. It operates in conjunction with the U of M, Crookston Development Office, the Athletic Department and the University of Minnesota Foundation. To learn more about supporting student-athletes through Teambackers, visit

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit

Contact: Bill Tyrrell, director, athletic fundraising, 218-281-8436 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (