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AUS Alumni and Corporate Partners take part in Sports Challenge to support students
Over 450 American University of Sharjah (AUS) alumni and corporate partners participated in the first ever AUS Virtual Alumni and Corporate Sports Challenge, which was held from April 25 – May 10, 2021, to promote health and fitness, enhance wellness among the university's corporate partners and alumni, and support the Education Matters campaign. Individual participants and 27 corporate teams collectively completed over 39,000kms through a combination of jogging, walking and cycling activities. The performance by alumni and corporate partners resulted in challenge gifts of AED 20,000 from Freakin’ Healthy and AED10,000 from Electric Way.
Speaking about the Challenge, Professor Kevin Mitchell, AUS Chancellor, said: “AUS is grateful for the commitment of its university's corporate partners and alumni who have dedicated time and energy during the first AUS Virtual Alumni and Corporate Sports Challenge to support the Education Matters initiative to help advance our educational mission."
The event brought together alumni and corporate partners who competed in three categories: the AUS Alumni Individual Challenge, the AUS Alumni Team Challenge and the Corporate Team Challenge.
AUS Alumnus Muaaz Adra completed 1,075.65kms and was named the Alumni Individual Challenge winner and awarded the Better Life Prize for the greatest distance achieved by an AUS graduate.
AUS Alumni Team Challenge winners were Adrenaline Crush (First Place); The Haj (Second Place); and The Sum of US (Third Place).
The following organizations won the Corporate Team Challenge
First Place: Bee’ah Team
Second Place: Chalhoub Champions 1
Third Place: Cedar
The AUS Virtual Alumni and Corporate Sports Challenge main sponsors included Alef Group, Crescent Petroleum and Emaar. The prize sponsor for the greatest distance achieved by an AUS graduate was Better Life.
Every year, around a third of AUS students benefit from some type of grant or scholarship. With COVID-19 impacting many families financially, such grants or scholarships are particularly beneficial now. The Education Matters initiative plays an important role in supporting students and their families hard hit by the pandemic.