USF Students in Free Enterprise Team Wins Regional Competition

Tampa, Fla., (April 8, 2008) - The University of South Florida SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) Team returned to Tampa this morning as winners of the SIFE USA Regional Competition held in Orlando April 7. The event was one of 17 SIFE USA regional competitions being held across the United States in March and April.

After presenting a report on a year’s worth of community outreach projects to a panel of business leaders, the USF SIFE team was named a SIFE USA Regional Champion in the overall competition. The students organized 15 projects in the Tampa Bay area, which directly affected more than 8,500 people and they volunteered more than 3,400 hours of service. The team now advances to the national level of SIFE competition, to be held at the SIFE USA National Exposition May 13-15 in Chicago, Illinois.

“Becoming a regional championship-winning team has been our goal,’ said Dameion Lovett, Sam Walton Fellow/Advisor. “We are proud to represent the University of South Florida and build on our tradition as one of the top SIFE teams in the country. I am very proud of what we have accomplished this year and hope to win the SIFE National Exposition and continue on to the SIFE World Cup.

“Now we have to raise money through donations so that we can attend the national competition. Anyone interested in helping can get in touch with me,” Lovett said.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focuses on market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills and business ethics.

Complete descriptions of our projects are in the SIFE at USF 2008 Annual Report. Lovett can be reached at (813) 974-5462.

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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