Sports Management Students Host Event to Support Education Business Professor’s Non-Profit in India – Caldwell University
Caldwell, New Jersey, May 14, 2019 – Students from Professor Neil Malvone’s Sport Event Management class and the Sport Management Club organized a volleyball event at nightfall in support of Pawel’s Children who are improving education in India. The non-profit organization was founded by business professor Monika Sywak in honor of her son.
Malvone said the students were excited to create the event to help Pawel’s children.
“Each semester, event management students create an event from ideation to implementation to learn course material experientially. They handle all aspects of the event, including finding attendees, sponsors and bringing in spectators, as well as event logistics,” Malvone said.
Sywak is grateful to Malvone and the students for their support. Pawel’s Children’s founding dates back to 2014 when Sywak says the organization “found” her and it was love at first sight. They support the Abhaneri school in a poor region of India that Sywak “stumbled upon” while on a sightseeing trip with her friends Shalini Madaras and Denise Walsh.
They were distributing footballs in a rural area of Rajasthan when they stopped at Abhaneri School. They saw that 300 children were learning in a structure with dirt floors, no running water, no toilets or electricity and with unstable walls. After leaving the children that day, Sywak says, she couldn’t help but think of them, “how special they were and how much they really wanted to learn.” Even with a language barrier and her friend’s translation, Sywak could sense how “sincere, humble and genuine” the people were and could see that they “had a genuine love for education.”
“They just needed a bit of help to take it further,” says Sywak, who teaches finance and ethical business strategy courses at undergraduate and graduate level. She and her friends decided to start with a small project, financing the construction of bathrooms. They suggested making the donations in memory of Sywak’s son, Pawel, who died in 2012 at the age of 20. When they started spreading the word, they could see that the project had support. Soon after, they applied for non-profit status and Pawel’s Children was born.