Coker Forms Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team

For more information, Christian Stryker 843.383.8068

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College is pleased to announce the formation of a Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, starting in the fall of 2010.

An international non-profit organization, SIFE brings leaders in business and higher education together to mobilize college students to make a difference in their communities while also developing the skills to become successful business leaders.

“Adding a SIFE program at Coker is great,” said Neil Sickendick, Coker’s Director of SIFE. “SIFE is a great way for our students to redefine their educational experience with hands-on teaching of free market economics and business concepts.”

SIFE is the second largest collegiate organization behind the NCAA, with more than 1,800 active college and university teams worldwide.

Sickendick was recruited to Coker from Drury University, where he was a member of Drury’s internationally acclaimed SIFE team.  The Drury team has won three SIFE National Championships, two SIFE World Cup Championships and has appeared on NBC’s Morning Show and CNN.

Students participating in SIFE form teams that apply business concepts to outreach programs that they develop to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. These teams then present the results of their projects at a series of regional and national competitions, where they are evaluated by business leaders that serve as judges. The national champions for each country then meet in the SIFE World Cup once a year.

“Coker’s SIFE team has the opportunity to make a big impact not only in Hartsville and surrounding communities, but also on the national and international stage,” Sickendick said. “SIFE will give Coker’s students a chance to interact and be seen by business leaders from around the world as they search for emerging talent.”

The SIFE International Organization is governed by a group of 200 senior leaders from some of the world’s leading companies, including 3M, Campbell Soup, American Greetings, Kellogg, Wal Mart and KPMG. To date, SIFE International has contributed nearly $22 million to enhancing the quality of life for people worldwide.

Coker’s SIFE team has received startup funding from several individuals who have actively participated in SIFE on the international level.  This funding will allow two team members and Sickendick to travel to Los Angeles in October for the SIFE World Cup competition and will provide support for the anticipated 15-20 projects to be completed during the 2010-11 academic year.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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