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Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and the Philadelphia Union’s Michael Lahoud Host The #KickEbolaInTheButt Kick-Off Event

By: Jamie Cann
First Published: September 23, 2014
Topics: In the News, STHM School

Proceeds from the Sept. 28 event benefit charities responding to the Ebola outbreak


PHILADELPHIA – Michael Lahoud, a midfielder for the Philadelphia Union, and Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management have partnered to host the #KickEbolaInTheButt Kick-Off Event, to be held Sunday, September 28, from 2-4 p.m., at Temple University.

This month, Union midfielder Michael Lahoud and School of Tourism and Hospitality professor Thilo Kunkel kick-started the #KickEbolaInTheButt Challenge. (Using viral videos to help combat the Ebola virus, the Challenge involves two things: a lightly inflated ball being kicked at a participant’s backside and a charitable donation.)

Activities for the September 28 event include:

  • The #KickEbolaInTheButt Challenge. (Participants are encouraged to use the hashtag when posting their videos to social media.)
  • A meet-and-greet with the Philadelphia Union players Michael Lahoud, defender Amobi Okugo and goalkeeper Andre Blake
  • A ball-juggling contest for a chance to win autographed merchandise.

Admission to the event is free, though donations are strongly encouraged. All proceeds from the event will go to charities that support the fight against Ebola.

The current Ebola outbreak, designated a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organization, has claimed more than 2,100 lives in five West African nations – including Lahoud’s home country of Sierra Leone.

WHAT: The #KickEbolaInTheButt Kick-Off Event
WHO: Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Lahoud
WHERE: Geasey Field, Temple University, Philadelphia (Directions + Parking)
WHEN: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 28, 2014
RSVP: Media members are asked to RSVP by Saturday, September 27

Christopher A. Vito – or 215-204-4115


The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

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STHM’s world-renowned faculty offer individual student mentoring in specific and varied fields of interest. A leader in cutting-edge executive education, STHM is a major producer of the next generation of faculty and research scholars, event producers and industry leaders who will shape the future of the sport, recreation, tourism and hospitality industries.