Athletics Day of Donors a Record-Breaking Success – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Athletics Day of Donors a Record-Breaking Success

The 2021 Hobart and William Smith Athletics Day of Donors was a record-breaking success. The 24-hour event shattered the record for most dollars raised in a single day as alums, parents and fans donated more than $800,000 in support of the Statesmen and Herons.

“On behalf of everyone in Hobart and William Smith Athletics, I can’t say thank you enough for the generosity of our donors during Athletics Day of Donors,” says Deb Steward, associate vice president and director of athletics and recreation. “Their loyal support of the Herons and Statesmen will allow us to make meaningful enhancements to the student-athlete experience and reaffirms the lifelong affinity that our students have for these Colleges.”

The fundraising total includes a challenge gift of $25,000 from James F. ’56, L.H.D. ’12 and Cynthia L. Caird L.H.D. ’12, which provided bonus money to the top three Hobart and top three William Smith teams for percentage of dollar goal met. The William Smith rowing team and the Hobart soccer team were the top finishers in the Caird Challenge. The Herons raised 764.4% of their goal, while the Statesmen raised 720.5%. On the William Smith side, soccer (688.7%) and lacrosse (284.7%) finished second and third, respectively. Finishing second to Hobart soccer was rowing (547.4%) while lacrosse (414.6%) was third.

The Cairds’ donation also supported prizes to the teams with the most creative fundraising videos. Hobart soccer and William Smith basketball were judged to be the winners of the video contest, edging out tennis and strength and conditioning.

Hobart Soccer
Hobart Soccer
William Smith Basketball
William Smith Basketball
HWS Tennis
HWS Tennis
Strength & Conditioning
Strength & Conditioning

In addition, each team got a $500 boost toward its fundraising goal from the Heron Society and the Statesmen Athletic Association.

All 23 teams as well as the sports medicine and strength and conditioning programs exceeded their dollar goals for the day.

“After a day like yesterday, it’s hard to say who’s more competitive, the current Statesmen and Herons or our passionate fan base that once again demonstrated its dedication to the Colleges and to our championship-caliber athletic programs,” says Vice President for Advancement Bob O’Connor P’22, P’23. “We are most appreciative to Jim and Cindy Caird, to our coaching staffs, Deb and our SAA and Heron Society boards for their steadfast support.”

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