Sport Management Club raises $43,500 at 16th Charity Auction

The Sport Management Club at Syracuse University raised $43,500 for Meals on Wheels Syracuse as a result of its 16th Annual Charity Sports Auction.
Multiple persons are in a Zoom session with masks on
This is how most of the SPM Club’s meetings were held during the Fall 2020 semester: via Zoom. Yet club members persevered to pull off another successful SPM Charity Sports Auction.

In November 2020, online supporters placed bids on more than 300 items, including sports memorabilia, electronics, jewelry, gift baskets, trips, clothing and more. The money raised will help Meals on Wheels serve approximately 11,000 meals to people in need in the Syracuse-area community.

The SPM Club is a student-run organization in the Falk College Sport Management Department. Since its founding in 2005, the club has raised more than $567,000 for local charities. Previous beneficiaries of the club’s annual charity auction have included Boys & Girls Clubs, Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY, the Central New York SPCA, the Upstate Cancer Center, Special Olympics New York, Food Bank of CNY, the Salvation Army, Rescue Mission Alliance, American Diabetes Association, Make A Wish CNY, and McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center.

Students are sitting apart from each other with masks in a large classroom
Auction committee members met in large classrooms in Falk College to iron out details for the online event.

“Our Sport Management Club was founded on the principles of teaching our membership the value of civic engagement, community service, and social responsibility through sports,” said Michael Veley, Rhonda S. Falk endowed professor and director of Sport Management, who also serves as the organization’s faculty advisor. “The countless hours of dedication by these students to ensure that the proceeds from our charity auction would help feed families in need in our community is extremely gratifying, especially given the circumstances surrounding the pandemic and having to shift the event from in-person to online.”

The Sport Management Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays during the academic year. All Syracuse University students are welcome to attend regardless of major. For more information, contact SPM Club president Blake Taub ( or visit our Student Organizations page.

For more information about the annual Charity Auction, visit Twitter @SPMAuction, Facebook and Instagram @spm_auction.