Student-Athletes Achieve 100 Percent Participation In True Spartan Challenge
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG student-athletes have reached many goals on the playing fields and in the classroom this season, but this spring accomplished a new feat as 100 percent of all current student-athletes made a gift to their team’s enrichment fund in the first-ever True Spartan Challenge. UNCG is among a small number of schools across the country that have accomplished this, as Spartan student-athletes made a bold statement about their dedication to UNCG Athletics.
“UNCG student-athletes have made a commitment to the university, not only with their play on the field and in the classroom, but also by making an investment into the financial future of Spartan athletics,” senior baseball student-athlete and SAAC president Dylan Hathcock said. “Student-athletes at UNCG are committed to reinvesting in the program due to the great opportunities it provides. Being a UNCG Spartan is a special privilege and it is an honor to represent this University.”
The True Spartan Challenge student-athlete giving campaign was developed as a partnership between the Spartan Club and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Through the True Spartan Challenge, student-athletes also competed to be the first men’s and women’s team to 100% participation (men’s soccer and women’s tennis), as well as have the highest average gift per player on each team (women’s golf and men’s tennis). Thanks to a gift of $2,050 from a donor ($10 for each of the 205 student-athletes that made a gift) each of those four team’s enrichment funds will receive $250 and the remaining $1,050 will be split evenly among the other team’s enrichment funds.
This year’s first-ever challenge ran from March 2-April 24 and each student-athlete was able to give back to their team’s enrichment fund through the challenge. Gifts made to team enrichment funds are split, with 80% going to the team’s enrichment fund and 20% going to the athletic scholarship fund. Enrichment funds allow teams to use gifts as enhancements to their operating budget for special one-time needs such as equipment, facility enhancements, out-of-region travel, and other items.
To make a gift to any team enrichment fund or the athletic scholarship fund prior to the end of the Spartan Club’s fiscal year on June 30, 2014, visit www.spartanclub.org.