On a gorgeous Friday afternoon, a large crowd gathered downtown at the patio at Universal Joint at Fountain Square to celebrate Independence Day and to help raise money to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
There was live music on the steps and a “beach” was set up on the patio for games. Party-goers could make purchases in the St. Jude tent and raffle tickets were sold for many prizes donated for the event.
Chattanooga head coaches Will Wade and Russ Huesman added to the atmosphere and did their part to raise funds for St. Jude. The pair, along with former UTC quarterback B.J. Coleman and a few local politicians, took their turn in the dunk tank.
Wade splashed several times from folks rushing to arm to drop him in to Coach Huesman taking his turn and dunking the SoCon Coach of the Year on his second toss.
When Coleman took his turn, Huesman stepped up twice and on six throws, the defensive player made contact three times, dropping his former quarterback into the chilly water. When it was Huesman’s turn, one young lady made contact twice, but the arm had not been reset properly so she ran forward and made sure he contacted the water.
Current UTC student, Universal Joint employee, cancer survivor and St. Jude patient Satchel Dahl made the event possible. One hundred percent of the funds raised Friday afternoon will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Twenty percent of Universal Joint’s food sales for the day will also go to St. Jude. Located in Memphis, St. Jude is a world leader in research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.