Engineer sews so soccer team goes

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Robert Pearson

Detail of a quilt made by Susan Pearson ’82.

Thousands of tiny stitches are helping piece together funds for a special training experience for RIT’s men’s soccer team.

Soccer supporters and quilt appreciators can buy chances to win a quilt made by Susan Pearson ’82 (electrical engineering). Proceeds from sale will go toward a possible preseason training trip to Europe in 2010. Pearson is the wife of Microelectronic Engineering Professor Robert Pearson ’81, ’85 (electrical engineering).

“I played soccer here at RIT from 1976 to 1979, hence my interest in supporting the team,” says Pearson. “My wife made the quilt before we decided to use it to support the soccer team. We discussed whether or not it should have had an RIT school colors theme, but we decided that generic colors appeal to more people.”

The quilt, 84 inches by 84 inches, has been appraised at $1,600. It has been on display at RIT events including soccer games and the men’s hockey season opener at Blue Cross Arena.

Tickets are $3 each, two for $5 or five for $10 and can be obtained from Rob Pearson, 585-260-1945.