Saluki Souper Bowl Sunday Raising Money For A Good Cause


Reporter: Mychaela Bruner
Photographer: Justin Jones

CARBONDALE, IL—Helping them, help others.  Carbondale Saluki football players teamed up with the Good Samaritan Ministries today to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring.  An annual tradition that raises thousands of dollars for a good cause.

Senior Saluki football player Cory Lee said a simple gesture can go a long way.

"It's going to a good cause, it's part of a tradition here with Saluki football."

Lee said a dollar here and there can make a big difference to those who need it most.

"It's for people in need, who might not be fortunate enough to put food on the table. We do it every year the Saturday before the Super Bowl," said Lee.

For 14 years, the football team has collected money for Carbondale's Good Samaritan Ministries.  Director Mike Heath said the real winners are the 6,000 families who benefit from the donations.

"The Saluki's have been helping us do this since 2001. This is the 14th year we've worked with the football team...We make a big difference for a lot of families," said Heath.

In a time where money is tight, Lee said it is not about how much you donate, but the thought of standing up to sack hunger.

"It could be a dime, a penny or some people give up to 10, 20, 50 dollars.

Last year, the Saluki's raised close to 4,000 dollars.  The donations benefit both the Good Samaritan Ministries and the Murphysboro Food Pantry.