Blast From the Past

By Patrick Bohn ’05, May 16, 2019
Alumni student-athletes mingle at the night of champions event.

Celebrating another year of Bomber athletics, the fourth annual Night of Champions Alumni Social event drew 75 former student-athletes and friends of Ithaca College to New York City.

Alumni from as far back as 1971 were able to mingle with more recent graduates, as well as members of the current football coaching staff, to celebrate the rich and successful tradition of Ithaca College athletics.

The evening served as a way to both look back, and forward. Susan Bassett ’79, director of intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports, highlighted the many impressive results of Bomber teams throughout the academic year. Additionally, she spoke about next season’s Cortaca Jug matchup at MetLife Stadium, where Ithaca and SUNY Cortland will attempt to break the all-time single-game Division III attendance record for football.

Jon Gregory ’10, associate director of affinity programs, engagement and constituent relations, and a former all-American wrestler at Ithaca, said that the event spoke to the way alumni remain connected to the college after graduating.

“Every time we host an alumni event in metro NYC we are reminded of just how passionate and dedicated Ithaca College alumni are,” he said. “The Night of Champions social has become a signature event.

“There are many amazing former IC student-athletes who have translated a winning mentality and work ethic as a member of a team to successful careers as professionals and executives in Metro New York,” he continued. “We are proud of the type of student-athletes Ithaca College recruits and how those students continue to serve and celebrate the college as alumni.”