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The foursome who wins the Sporting Affair XXV golf tournament on March 24 at Suntree Country Club will have their names etched into a Waterford crystal trophy that we keep here on campus, in the Clemente Center. This is the Flammio Trophy.

What you won’t find in Clemente, or on the fairways and greens at Suntree, are the countless people succeeding in the world today because of longtime supporter and Florida Tech Trustee Joe Flammio.

It was Joe Flammio who, two and a half decades ago, helped create and develop Sporting Affair, Florida Tech’s biggest annual fundraiser for athletics scholarships. It was an endeavor that made higher education at one of the nation’s best technical universities a reality for many young men and women who, without scholarships, would not have come to Florida Tech and may not have found their way onto any university campus.

But without the guidance of Mr. Flammio and two other visionaries, Richard Baney and Travis Proctor, Sporting Affair and its companion fundraiser for the last 14 years, Chopper Dropper, may never have come to be.

Once the plan was hatched, we began building partnerships with another critical part of our success, the business community. We are thankful to the many generous sponsors and partners who have helped at Sporting Affair and Chopper Dropper over the years, including Suntree Country Club for hosting, Mercedes Benz Porsche Audi of Melbourne for serving as title sponsor, and Broken Barrel Tavern, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Matt’s Casbah and Jersey Mike’s for their roles as food sponsors.

This year, as in the past, more than 500 student-athletes and the university’s 22 sports programs will benefit from funds raised in these events, which in addition to the golf tournament and Chopper Dropper – where the grand prize is $50,000 – also includes a cocktail buffet reception, silent auction, 50/50 cash raffle and more.

Chopper Dropper tickets are still available for purchase at www.chopperdropper.com. Learn more at www.floridatechsportingaffair.com.

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