This article originally appeared in the January 2012 issue of MemphiSport.
The University of Memphis POM Squad teamed together during the month of December to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Commonly referred to “canning,” ladies spent mornings carrying cans and collected money from cars at the intersection of Poplar and Perkins in East Memphis. The money raised goes to the Up ‘til Dawn program, which was started at the U of M 13 years ago.
“Canning for St. Jude was such a rewarding experience,” Memphis POM member Stacy Patterson said. “It was really nice to see so many wonderful people donating to such a great cause.”
Since its inception, the program has spread to over 250 colleges nationwide and now generates nearly $5 million annually for research and health care at St. Jude. During the 2010-11 alone, students at the University of Memphis were able to raise more than $152,000 dollars, bringing the local chapter’s historic total to $1.5 million.
“I know I speak for all the girls when I say we had so much fun collecting money for St. Jude, and we would like to thank everyone who donated,” Patterson said.
Those interested in getting involved with Up ‘til Dawn should contact the local U of M chapter via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @UptilDawnUofM.
One of the most talented dance teams in the nation, the Memphis Pom squad has amassed 13 national titles over the years.(national titles 1986-94,2000, 2007, 2008, 2011 and runner-up 2005, 2010). You can see them dance at cheer at all University of Memphis men’s and women’s basketball games.
Photos by Stacy Patterson