Gophers host 2nd annual Allianz Hopeday

University student-athletes, coaches, and administration are hosting the 2nd annual Allianz HopeDay Festival from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Bierman track. The event is bringing children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses from across the state to participate in several activities including an obstacle course, dunk tank, and a petting zoo. Over 700 student-athletes from all 25 sports teams will also run clinics. âÄúIt was such a hit last year, its just such a great way to create a fun memory for the kids,âÄù student-athlete advisor Anissa Lightner said. âÄúItâÄôs bigger and better this year.âÄù HopeKids was founded in Phoenix and a Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter was created in 2006. About 87 percent of the children have some form of cancer.