The HWS community rose to the challenge this winter, smashing records for most donors and most dollars raised in a single day during the 24-hour Athletics Day of Donors.
Between 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 and 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, the annual fundraising challenge raised $262,985 from 5,024 donors. The total includes bonus challenge funds from the Statesmen Athletic Association Board of Directors and the Heron Society Board of Directors.
“HWS Athletics Day of Donors was a record-breaking success and together with our coaches, staff and student-athletes, we are so thankful for the support of our donors,” says Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation Deb Steward. “The gifts will enhance the experience of our student-athletes and allow us to address priorities for every team. The day also reconnects alumni and alumnae with memories of fierce competition and lifelong friendships that fill all of us with Statesmen and Heron pride.”
All of the teams exceeded their assigned donor participation goals, with top teams from each College earning bonus funds. For highest percentage of donor goal met, William Smith soccer and Hobart tennis earned $1,500 each; William Smith field hockey and Hobart rowing earned $750 each; and William Smith basketball and Hobart squash earned $250 each. The top three teams with the highest average gift were squash, swimming and diving, and golf for William Smith and squash, football and hockey for Hobart; the teams each earned bonuses of $1,500, $750 and $250, respectively.
New this year was an award for best video; the William Smith ice hockey team and the Hobart football team each earned $500 for their efforts. For the highest percentage increase in donors from last year’s Athletic Day of Donors, HWS sailing and the strength and conditioning team were each awarded a bonus of $500. The Statesmen Athletic Association Board of Directors and the Heron Society Board of Directors also donated $250 to each team that didn’t win a challenge.
“Our alums have once again demonstrated their competitive nature and dedication to the Colleges and to our award-winning athletics programs,” says Vice President for Advancement Bob O’Connor P’22. “We are deeply grateful to our coaching staffs, Deb and our Statesmen and Herons boards who made the strong assist this year.”