April 1 was a big day for the Wisconsin Evans Scholars, as we hosted our annual philanthropy event Thon. At Thon, Scholars play against teams in either basketball or volleyball to help raise money for the American Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. Games began at 9 a.m. and ran until 5 p.m., running one court for volleyball and basketball in each hour time slot. Thon is a great opportunity for Alumni, families and friends to come out to Madison and help support a great cause.
Many of the teams this year were comprised of Evans Scholars Alumni from the Wisconsin Evans Scholars chapter. It is great to see their continued involvement and support of the Scholarship year after year. Current Scholars gradually become familiar with the Alumni whether they graduated last year or in the '70s, and it is always refreshing to hear Alumni stories about their time in the Wisconsin Evans Scholarship House, as well as at the university in general.
We had the pleasure of welcoming back honorary Scholar Bill Cross this year. Bill was one of the original creators of Thon in 1976, and played a large role in Thon's operations for many years after. The Alumni also show how important the relationships Scholars make throughout their four years in college are. People you meet through the Evans Scholarship can end up becoming lifelong friends.
Next weekend is also an important day for all of the Evans Scholars. Each of our chapters across the country will host their incoming Scholars for New Scholar Day on Sunday, April 9, when incoming Scholars and their families can visit the Scholarship House to meet current Scholars, other members of their incoming class, and learn more about their respective college community.
New Wisconsin Evans Scholars will enjoy a day with a grill out lunch with yard games, followed by a trip to Vitense, where they can participate in an array of activities such as mini golf, batting cages, foot golf and more. We look forward to meeting the incoming class and welcoming them into the Evans Scholars community.