UNION, NJ –Kean University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host Kickin’ for Courage, a campus-wide kickball tournament, at Kean’s Jim Hynes Baseball Field from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, April 29. Student and faculty teams will compete at the even to raise money and awareness for Bonds of Courage, a nonprofit group dedicated to honoring military personnel in times of war and peace.

"I think I can speak for all of my colleagues when I say that it makes us proud to know that our students are so willing to assist others in need, especially our service men and women,” said Kean professor and PRSSA faculty advisor Jeremiah Sullivan. 

Eight teams will vie against each other in the live competition. The cost of admission is $3 and includes food. All event proceeds will support Bonds of Courage and go towards care packages for service men and women. 

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"Service members around the world are deployed in a variety of circumstances. Many of these locations are quite austere, and it's common for them to miss some of the most basic items from home.” said Bonds of Courage Executive Director Danielle Bracco. “We at Bonds of Courage would like to thank the Kean University PRSSA for allowing us to help and reach more deployed troops."

Kean University began hosting a PRSSA chapter in 2014. The organization strives to expand student knowledge in the field of public relations and help its members to advance their careers, widen their professional networks and cultivate leadership skills. Each semester, Kean University’s PRSSA develops a campaign to help a local non-profit organization.

The Kean University Dance Team will provide live entertainment at the Kickin’ for Courage event. Several local businesses donated food and provided additional support. Event sponsors include: Padonno’s Pizzeria, Ferraro’s Pizzeria, Proud Pappas Pizzeria, JC’s Barber House, Wegmans, Starbucks and Shoprite of Union.