Competition For A Cause


MBA Cup participants with Big Shoulders Fund banner

Each year Chicago Booth Evening and Weekend MBA students unite with their classmates and demonstrate school spirit at a physical and philanthropic competition with teams from Kellogg, Kellstadt, and Quinlan, called MBA Cup. Schools compete in various sports activities like volleyball, softball, tug-of-war, and kickball, to raise money for a charitable cause. MBA Cup evolved from a Booth vs Kellogg softball game and has been in its current form since 2007. Chicago Booth has been the reigning champions since 2010.

"Events like the MBA Cup foster connections that extend well beyond the classroom. The good-natured competition specific to the MBA Cup enhances the sense of pride and camaraderie within the Booth community. As one of the organizers this year, the level of engagement I saw from both students and alumni was a testament to the strength of that community," Ryan Bormet, current student and event co-chair.

This year’s event is in support of the Big Shoulders Fund. The Big Shoulders Fund supports Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. Big Shoulders Fund is unique in that administrative expenses are supported by an endowment and other income which ensures all funds currently raised go toward programs that benefit the schools. Some of the programs benefiting schools and students include scholarships, special education programs, instructional equipment, much-needed school facility improvements, faculty support, and operating grants.

“The impact of MBA Cup reverberates far beyond the playing field. In total, the four scholastic competitors raised over $10,000 to benefit the Big Shoulders Fund, a truly worthy endeavor. All should be commended, as Booth once again led such fundraising efforts and captured victory in this component of the competition,” Bormet.

Check out some photos from the event:

MBA Cup participants playing tug-of-war

MBA Cup participants

MBA Cup participants in a relay race

MBA Cup participants

MBA Cup participants playing kickball

MBA Cup participants with Big Shoulders Fund banner