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MSU, Mankato Community Engagement Takes Top Honors at March Gladness

MSU, Mankato Community Engagement Takes Top Honors at March Gladness for Cardz for Kidz, a competition between colleges and universities to make the most cards for children in hospitals.

The Maverick March Gladness Team made 571 cards, 357 more than all other schools combined.

Congratulations to all who made cards for the March Gladness card making competition for Cardz for Kids.  According to the Cardz for Kidz facebook page, MSU, Mankato was determined the winner. The bar chart indicates that the Maverick March Gladness Team won by a landslide, thanks to the efforts of the full Maverick community. Other schools in the competitition included Florida, Hamilton, DePaul, UIC, Drexel and Washington State. The Maverick March Gladness Team made 571 cards, 357 more than all other schools combined.


The Community Engagement Office lead the effort for the 2018 Maverick March Gladness Team, in support of Cardz for Kidz, a non-profit that distributed cards for children in hospitals. During March Gladness, schools across the country made uplifting, homemade cards for children in the hospital. Guidelines indicated that whichever school made the most cards in accordance with their guidelines will determine the city where they will send the cards. Mavs In Action voted to share the cards with Gillette Children's Hospital in Minnesota and with a hospital in St. Louis. To meet the guidelines and “count’ in the competition:

  • All of the cards needed to be signed with the artist’s name AND their school (e.g. from your pal, Brian at Minnesota State University, Mankato)

  • Cards could NOT say Get Well Soon. In this sense, the cards should not remind the children that they are ill.

  • Cards needed to be uplifting, not focusing on illness

  • The cards need to be received before the end of March, #MarchGladness

The Community Engagement Office continues to encourage volunteers to make cards, even though the competition is over. Interested in making cards? Here’s how you can help:

  • Contact the Community Engagement Office ( , x5789) and request a box of supplies for your group meeting, floor gathering, class break, etc.  If you are interested in doing this over the summer, contact Karen Anderson, Let us know at least 48 hours in advance so we can prepare a box for you. Include the name/email/phone number of the person who will pick up and drop off the cards. We’ll have a bin of supplies ready for you to pick up. Remember to follow the expectations when you make your cards, and return them with any leftover supplies the day after your card making event.

  • Read the instructions and make your own cards with your own supplies. If you use your own supplies: NO GLITTER PLEASE. 

Questions about our role in this project can be directed to the Community Engagement Office or Karen Anderson. To see more pictures and stories about Cardz for Kidz, please check out their website; like them on Facebook; follow them on Twitter and Instagram; or visit their Google+ or LinkedIn pages!  Also, check out some of their videos on YouTube


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