Friday, March 1, 2019

Les Miles to go ‘Over the Edge’ for Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

Newly-hired Kansas football coach Les Miles greets the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during halftime of the Jayhawks’ game against Stanford on Dec. 1, 2018.

Newly-hired Kansas football coach Les Miles greets the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during halftime of the Jayhawks’ game against Stanford on Dec. 1, 2018.


You’ve seen him eat grass. You’ve seen him steal the national championship trophy in a Dr. Pepper commercial. And soon you’ll have a chance to watch Les Miles rappel down the side of a building.

The Kansas football program’s new high profile coach will be 80 feet up, on the rooftop of 888 Lofts downtown, for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence’s second installment of what’s known as an “Over The Edge” fundraiser.

Miles is set serve as the event’s headliner on June 1.

“I am really excited to be a part of this,” Miles stated in a release. “The Lawrence community is very important to my family and myself, and Boys & Girls Club is very important to this community. Youth development that focuses on academic success and good character has been a passion of mine throughout my career. I’m happy to contribute to an organization with fundamentals so aligned with mine.”

This won’t be Miles’ first time rappelling for charity, either. In 2013, when Miles still coached at LSU, he worked his way down the side of a 24-story building in Baton Rouge, La., in support of an adoption awareness campaign.

In the months ahead, the goal behind the Boys & Girls Club’s “Over The Edge” fundraiser is to find people who want to participate by raising $1,000 among their friends and family in order to secure a rappelling spot of their own at the main event.


Kansas men's basketball assistant coach Kurtis Townsend rappels down the 888 Lofts, 888 New Hampshire St., in the Over the Edge fundraising event for Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018.

This past August, KU basketball coach Bill Self was scheduled to pull off the same feat as Miles for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, but had to watch from the street instead, because at the time he was still recovering from a surgery. KU assistant coach Kurtis Townsend, video coordinator Jeremy Case and former KU player Jeff Hawkins rappelled down the 888 Lofts building instead.

Locally, First Management is serving as the event’s building sponsor, while Grandstand Glassware + Apparel is sponsoring the event itself, just as the two businesses did in 2018.

Over The Edge Global helps non-profits raise money through its events.

No experience is required in order to rappel, and there is no age requirement. “Over The Edge” sends professional, certified technicians to install and supervise all rappelling equipment and participants. The only parameter is participants must be between 100-300 pounds.

— For more information or to register for the event, visit the “Over The Edge” website.


Michael Maris 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Clearly a guy who is getting himself involved in the Lawrence Community. Now, if his staff and him can just convince the homegrown football talent to STAY home. Stay home and play for your hometown University and add YOUR name to the list of Home Town Hero's. #ROCKCHALK

Dirk Medema 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Is Coach Self scheduling his next surgery? Going over the edge himself this year?

Come on Coach. Step-up and take the challenge. Can't be one-up by the new guy. :-)

Or better yet, turn it into one of the special forces team building events where your entire staff - coaches, trainers, S&C, managers, videographers, players, all go over the edge. Sort of the adrenaline junkie version of Christmas shopping. You can do it coach.

Maybe even turn it into a challenge with the other sports. There could even be a trophy to be won.

Brad Avery 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Not necessary, coach, for two reasons: 1) You've got a contract that would allow you to fund the Boys and Girls Clubs annual budgets by yourself, if desired 2) Absent that, good football coaches are harder to find than money to run the Boys and Girls Clubs, as worthy as those endeavors surely are. I hope you are using a net, at least.

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