First-ever Athletics Alumni Giving Challenge a success

By David O'Brian

Athletics Alumni Giving ChallengeThe 21 Binghamton University varsity teams took part in the inaugural Athletics Alumni Giving Challenge, competing against each other to raise funds for their sports and the Athletics Department. This competition was highly successful for the department and left three teams the biggest winners.

The Athletics Alumni Giving Challenge was held earlier in the fall and was made possible by the generosity of William H. Groner '77, who sponsored the event. The goal of the competition was to increase participation among former Binghamton student-athletes who contribute to the Athletics Department.

"We would like to thank the more than 630 alumni athletes who contributed to the Giving Challenge," Athletic Director Patrick Elliott said. "It was tremendous to see so much pride from our former student-athletes toward their alma mater. Our current student-athletes appreciate the efforts of those individuals who continue to pave the way for their opportunities."

The three Binghamton athletic programs with the highest participation rates received prizes. A formula that took into account the number of donors of a specific team and the total number of alumni for that program was used to determine the participation rate.

Men's lacrosse, under the direction of first-year head coach Kevin McKeown '06, claimed the $5,000 first-place prize with more than 41 percent of alumni donating. McKeown was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

"Our men's lacrosse alumni have always supported us well," McKeown said. "This award is great because our current players got to see that so many alumni who have come through our program really still care about it."

In second place, with a 27-percent participation rate was the golf program, which earned $2,000. The wrestling program had a 23-percent participation rate and earned the third-place prize of $1,000. See the complete results

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