Practical Experience – A New Kind of Lambeau Leap

business and accountingSports fans feel as though it is our duty to support our teams, and no fans love their team quite as much as Packer fans! So when students from Globe University-Wausau’s Accounting and Business Club were given the opportunity to help out the Packers football organization, gain practical experience in their career fields and raise funds for their club all at the same time, they jumped at the chance.

You may not have known, but some of the smiling faces that you see running concessions at Lambeau Field are volunteers, and now Globe Wausau students and staff can add their names as members of that group.To read the story about the previous leg of this journey, check out this blog post.The December 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings marked the first of three scheduled games at which the group would run a concession stand for the Packers home games this season. The club also participated on December 9during the game against the rival from the east, the Detroit Lions, and the December 23game against the Tennessee Titans that ended in a landslide Packer victory.

On each of the game days, the group made the 1.5-hour drive to Green Bay, arriving four hours prior to kickoff. Then the work began. The group was in charge of their own concession stand and all duties: cooking, counting inventory, carding for beverage purchases, customer service and other duties were all handled by the group. The lines were non-stop, but so was the enthusiasm of the  fans. The energy was everywhere and the camaraderie and spirit were contagious.Business and accountingEven after each game concluded, the work needing to be performed by the group was far from over. The group then had to conduct cleanup tasks, ending inventories and tally the profits made. Money and items were counted and even double and triple counted, with everything needing to be accounted for. Once the stand was clean, inventory was taken and the monetary amounts were settled, it was time to make the journey back home.

After having participated in this wonderful opportunity, the club decided to take profits from their hard work and give back to others. After much discussion, the club felt that with the holidays just around the corner, the best use of funds would be to hold their own version of a giving tree, and purchase gifts for the children of Globe University-Wausau students. Students were asked to fill out a slip stating the name, gender, and age of the child and the club took it from there.

In total, 82 gifts were purchased and handed out to students and their children prior to the quarter break and the Christmas holiday. The children ranged in age from one baby yet to be born, all the way up to 17 years of age. The gratitude from students warmed the hearts of those in the club and reaffirmed the decision to help on the campus level.

Accounting and Business Club President, Tabitha Edson, was overjoyed with the turnout and the good that the club could do. “Seeing people’s faces as they picked up the gifts for their children was the best feeling in the world.  I loved being able to help our students give much needed gifts to their children for the holidays.”

business and accounting Even though the season is over, and the presents have long been unwrapped, the group’s experience will never be forgotten and they look forward to participating again next season.