Springfield, Mass. - May 6, 2015 - On Tuesday evening, Springfield College Director of Athletics, Dr. Cathie Schweitzer, presented seven teams with checks for $1,400 each as they all reached a 100% participation rate in the first-ever True Pride Challenge.
The seven teams that were honored were men's soccer, women's cross country, men's volleyball, men's tennis, women's volleyball, men's cross country, and men's gymnastics.
"From the time you were young you knew that the greatest part of any game was simply the opportunity to play. By meeting this challenge you are giving the next generation of Springfield College athlete the opportunity to play; the opportunity for greatness," said the anonymous donor who helped drive the True Pride Challenge.
All told, 247 student-athletes participated in the challenge, representing 17 teams, as 37% of the student-athlete population made a gift to the College.
From April 28 - April 30, student-athletes were charged with making a gift of $10 or more in support of Springfield College athletics. The Friends of Springfield College Athletics fund-supported by alumni, families and friends of the College-provides out-of-region travel, athletic training and strength and conditioning equipment, and the numerous campus athletic facilities we all use. In the last 18 months, 2,200 donors have given more than $400,000.
"Words can’t begin to express the gratitude to the nearly 250 student-athletes who took the True Pride Challenge and helped to make it a success," expressed Dr. Schweitzer. "You made a statement in a big way and it speaks volumes about the pride and passion that you, our student-athletes, have for Springfield College. You understand the value of ‘paying it forward’ and have shown your commitment to reinvesting in the athletics department."