Published on November 13, 2014 by Kara Kennedy  
BSOB Beta Alpha Psi kickball team

Members of Samford University's Brock School of Business Beta Alpha Psi, an honors organization for financial information students, braved the cold to play kickball with area accounting firms to help raise money for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Nov. 12 at the Samford's intramural fields. Professionals from area accounting firms who recruit Samford students were invited to participate along with students. About 40 accounting professionals and 35 students participated in the event.

The tournament was highly successful with $920 being raised for Beta Alpha Psi to "adopt" seven children for this year's Angel Tree program.

"We've raised money every year for the Salvation Angel Tree program held each Christmas," said Sharon Jackson, Beta Alpha Psi faculty adviser and assistant professor of accounting. "We changed our fundraiser to a kick-ball tournament in order to get our area accounting firms and students working together for a common cause. As a result we raised more money and we are able to help more children this Christmas because of our efforts."

The winner of the tournament was Team Belski.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.