The Champions & Scholars Fund continues to raise the bar in support of University of Dayton student-athletes with the recent close of the 2012 fiscal year on June 30.
More than $6.2 million was receipted to the Division of Athletics in commitments from 3,886 donors.
"The success of our student-athletes, both in competition and in the classroom, is directly linked to the support of our alumni, fans, and friends" UD Vice-President and Director of Athletics Tim Wabler said. "We are very grateful to the members of the Champions & Scholars Fund. We appreciate their contributions this year in helping us to send four teams to the NCAA's and continue to have one of the best academic records in the nation."
Unrestricted giving to the athletic program continued to rise with a 68 percent increase over the previous fiscal year and a 113 percent increase since the inception of the Champions & Scholars Fund in October of 2010.
A total of 341 new donors made an annual unrestricted gift which accounted for $85,793 in support and 94 donors increased their annual unrestricted gift boosting end of year totals by an additional $124,000.
Restricted giving to sport programs increased 74 percent over the previous fiscal year with over $393,000 raised for recruiting, scholarships and operational expenses. Three new athletic scholarships were established during the fiscal year and funding for the Cronin Athletics Center was completed.
"I want to thank our donors for their continued support," said Brian Tracy, Director of Athletic Development. "Their generosity is critical to our future success and providing our student-athlete's a first-rate experience. We rely on these gifts each year and encourage anyone who is considering their involvement to take the next step and make their gift or pledge today"
The Champions & Scholars Fund operates on a fiscal year that began on July 1 and concludes on June 30, 2013. To discuss how you can have an impact on the University of Dayton, Division of Athletics, contact the Champions & Scholars Fund today at (937) 229-2845 or email@example.com.
The purpose of the Champions & Scholars Fund is to provide and enhance opportunities for over 400 University of Dayton student-athletes on 17 teams. The goal of the athletic department is to educate the total person by integrating an academic and athletic experience which will allow them to develop into future leaders.
Annual gifts to the Champions & Scholars Fund go to work immediately to alleviate financial shortcomings and have an impact on the entire athletics program. Without the annual financial resources generated by Champions & Scholars Fund, the athletics department will lack the ability to improve its standing on the regional and national landscape of intercollegiate athletics.