‘Challenge’ supports Greyhound athletics

Already known for athletic and academic excellence, the UIndy Greyhounds are seeking support to cement their status among the elite of NCAA Division II.

fundraiser_full_ChampionsChallenge_with_flying_ILaunched this summer, the one-year Champions Challenge campaign aims to generate funding for programs and capital improvements in the Department of Athletics.

An anonymous donor has pledged $250,000 toward a matching gift program, with all new unrestricted gifts of at least $25 to UIndy Athletics qualifying for a 2-to-1 match. For those who provided support last year, the 2-to-1 match also applies to any increase in unrestricted giving of at least $25. Renewed unrestricted gifts to the Greyhound Club booster organization will qualify for a 1-to-1 match. The funds will address a variety of needs.

Willey

Willey

“Our student-athletes have performed extremely well in competition and in the classroom, and they deserve the best experience we can provide for them,” said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sue Willey, a Greyhound Hall of Fame athlete who was named Under Armour Division II Athletic Director of the Year for 2012-13.

The Greyhounds wrapped up the 2013-2014 year by placing fourth among 312 D-II institutions in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, awarded by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics based on overall success in NCAA-sponsored championships. UIndy is among just five D-II institutions to earn three consecutive Top 10 finishes in the Directors’ Cup standings.

For the third-straight year, UIndy led the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 223 Academic All-GLVC athletes and claimed the GLVC All-Sports Trophy, awarded for best all-around performance in the league’s 20 sponsored sports. The Greyhounds also won this year’s GLVC Commissioner’s Cup, a traveling trophy awarded for success in the seven core conference championship sports.

UIndy offers 21 men’s and women’s sports, a number soon to grow with the addition of Indiana’s first D-II men’s and women’s lacrosse program.

To contribute or learn more about the Champions Challenge, please visit www.uindy.edu/championschallenge.