CHARLESTON, W.Va. - For the second year in a row, the University of Charleston Enactus team earned a top 40 ranking at the Enactus National Expo held Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo.
Formerly known as Students In Free Enterprise, Enactus is a non-profit organization that partners business leaders with the academic community to teach students how to apply business concepts to improve local communities.
More than 130 teams competed in the national championship competition at this year's Expo. Teams work with local businesses and organizations to perform community service projects throughout the year. They presented 17-minute recaps in front of business leaders at the Expo.
Students at the Expo also have the opportunity to network with business leaders from companies including Wal-Mart, KPMG, Hershey's, Hallmark, Sam's Club, Lowe's and Coca-Cola.
The UC Enactus team completed over 2,000 community service hours over the past year and conducted 14 projects. Those included mentoring more than 50 students at the St. Albans Boys and Girls Club, installing water bottle filling stations across the UC campus to combat plastic waste and providing business and marketing support for Timothy's at the Quarrier Diner.
The team earned the Lowe's Community Improvement Grand Prize for its work with the Boys and Girls Club. The award included a $5,000 cash prize, which the team plans to use to help fund an outdoor classroom and new playground at the St. Albans club.
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