An alumna from the class of 1942, who graduated with a degree in physical education, has provided an anonymous bequest of just over $600,000 to Ithaca College to support women's athletics. Investment in endowments is a priority for Ithaca College and for the Department of Athletics. The funds have been equally divided among 10 different women's sports programs to establish endowments to support activities and enhancements for each of the programs as determined by the respective head coach in consultation with the director of athletics. Receiving the funds will be the field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball teams.
"This is an incredible opportunity for Ithaca College Athletics and for our women's sports programs that have not previously had endowments," said Susan Bassett '79, associate vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports. "The generosity and foresight of this one alumna has an immediate transformative impact on the success of these programs for perpetuity. I could not be more grateful or more delighted."