MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Tech’s athletic fields have seen plenty of action, but nothing quite like what’s planned for the evening of March 15.

That’s when a helicopter will drop 2,000 numbered golf balls onto a field implanted with a golf flag, and the ball that lands closest to the flag will win the holder of that number a $50,000 grand prize. There is also a $10,000 second prize and 15 $1,000 prizes.

Called Chopper Dropper, this thrilling event is a major part of Florida Tech’s Sporting Affair XXVII, the university’s annual fundraiser for its 18 varsity sports and more than 550 scholar-athletes.

The fun begins at 5:30 p.m., with the ball drop at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The event will also feature a party under a big tent on the Varsity Training Center field, with cocktails, food from sponsors The Broken Barrel Tavern and Campus Dining Services, and live music. There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle.

Other event sponsors are Berman Hopkins Wright LaHam CPAs & Associates and Jersey Mike’s Subs.

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $100 each at Each ticket includes one Chopper Dropper ball and access to the party for one person.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or

EDITORS/PRODUCERS: Please contact Director of Media Communications Adam Lowenstein at or 321-674-8964 prior to the event to ensure access.