BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland’s Athletics Alumni Giving Challenge, #GreyhoundsGive2016, was a major success for the Greyhounds.
Over 900 letterwinners contributed donations to either a team or another University designation, with record participation coming from former Loyola student-athletes and via more than 315 new online gifts that spanned a two-week period from April 1 until April 14, the University’s Day of Giving.
This year’s challenge netted nearly $33,000 in private donations that will directly impact the student-athlete experience. Each team was invited to compete against another to see which program could show the most alumni support by giving back to Loyola Athletics. It was a tremendous opportunity to showcase the positive influence that philanthropy has on the Loyola teams that are key parts of the Greyhounds heritage.
As a result of participants’ efforts, participation and generosity, charitable donations will be awarded to each of the following teams:
Highest Percentage of Alumni Donors: Swimming & Diving (38 percent)
Highest Percentage Increase From FY ’15 to FY ’16: Women’s Basketball (188 percent)
Additionally, the entire University is grateful to our anonymous student-athlete alumni couple that generously provided the $10,000 challenge grant to make this year’s giving competition possible.
“We thank our challenge donors for leading the way by inspiring our athletics alumni to invest in our student-athletes,” said Jim Paquette, Loyola’s assistant vice president and director of athletics.
With Loyola’s fiscal year ending on May 31, there is an opportunity to make a new, renewed or increased gift to Athletics. Any, and all, contributions, including electronic gifts of stock, are welcome and appreciated.
For more information on how to make a gift to a sport(s) of your choice or the Greyhounds Athletics Fund that provides support to our areas of greatest need, please call Mike Bamonti, Assistant Athletic Director for Development, at (410) 617-5744 or visit www.loyolagreyhounds.com/support.