USU sorority holds Wild Bill comedy roast for charity

Each year, the Kappa Delta sorority organizes a week of fundraising for the Child and Family Support Center of Cache Valley and one of the sorority’s national philanthropies, Prevent Child Abuse America. “Eighty percent of the proceeds will go to the Child and Family Support Center and 20 percent go to PCA America,” said Jenna Black, the vice president of public relations for Kappa Delta. “The Child and Family Support Center serves more families in Cache County than many people realize. They are a nonprofit organization, so they really need our help in order to serve children and families in our county.” According to the PCA America website, the organization “has led the way in building awareness, providing education, and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children.” Events organized for the week of fundraising included a fundraiser at Fox’s Pizza Den, a dodgeball tournament and a comedy roast of Bill Sproat, known to USU basketball fans as “Wild Bill.” During the roast Wednesday, Sproat was teased and insulted by a panel of his friends. The event was held in the Eccles Science Learning Center auditorium and tickets were $5 at the door. “We got the idea to do the roast while we were at a leadership conference for Kappa Deltas around the nation,” Black said. “A couple of our council members were up late talking about Shamrock event ideas and one of them just thought of doing a roast. We presented it to Bill, and he was totally on board with us.” There were six roasters, including ASUSU President Erik Mikkelsen, Athletics Vice President Ryan Baylis and student Keenan Nuehring. Baylis was the master of ceremonies for the roast. Following along with the popular televised celebrity roasts, each panel member took a turn roasting Sproat and teasing fellow panel members. Black said Sproat chose his roasters and specifically asked for Baylis to be the roast master. Chase Casillas, a roaster, said he was a little unsure about being on the panel at first. “When I found out Bill handpicked the panel, I was on board,” Casillas said. “He’s a good friend of mine and a solid dude. So if he wanted me on the show, then I was down.” Each roaster took his turn joking about Sproat’s 12 years as a student at USU, funny moments spent with Sproat and his presence at Aggie basketball games. “You’ve been a good friend to me, Bill. But I want you to know you’re not a celebrity,” Nuehring said during the roast.

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