UPDATE: ESPN's John Anderson Presents $20,000 to Food Bank, CPS
COLUMBIA - ESPN SportsCenter anchor and University of Missouri graduate John Anderson presented two checks Friday at Parkade Elementary School in Columbia.
Anderson presented one of the checks for $20,000 to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. The money will support the Buddy Pack program, which sends more than 6700 children home with nutritional food each week.
Anderson gave the other check for $20,000 to Columbia Public Schools. The donation will go toward the more than 200 students from three local elementary schools who participate in the district's Running Program. Those three schools include Parkade, Russell Boulevard and Blue Ridge elementary schools.
Rachel Ellersieck with the food bank said these donations come in replace of a golf invitational Anderson normally puts on to raise money for the Buddy Pack Program and CPS. She said this year his schedule did not allow him to put on the golf tournament.
Anderson presented the donations on behalf of the Anderson Family Charitable Foundation. The foundation's goal is to provide assistance to under-served elementary school-aged children. John and Tamara Anderson formed the foundation in 2009. For more information about the AFCF click here.
When asked how the Tigers would fare against the Georgia Bulldogs in Saturday's football game Anderson said, "I will just say that there's a different level of class between Southeastern Louisiana and the Southeastern conference, but I think the SEC and I think the nation will find out that Missouri's played football for a while. It's not our first game and we can compete with these people. Now hopefully that's good enough to win, Georgia's in the top ten. But I think they'll see in our new conference that we're pretty good. We know how to play."