Of the 4,788 donors who contributed on Giving Day, an incredible 3,500 were current and former student-athletes and supporters, who collaboratively raised more than $1 million over 24 hours.
It is donor philanthropy that sustains Ithaca College Athletics and empowers student-athletes to excel, said Susan Bassett '79, associate vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports.
“I am thrilled that the Bombers once again rallied to fundraise for current and future students,” Bassett said. “Enhancements such as the Leadership Academy, training trips, and innovative equipment keep the IC athletics experience distinctive and on the cutting-edge of sports performance. These opportunities are supported by contributions to the Ithaca College Annual Fund — not through tuition and fees. IC Athletics is immensely grateful to all who contributed to Giving Day.”
The Annual Fund for Athletics received the highest overall number of gifts, led by the women's volleyball team with 518. The football program led all teams by raising $124,408, as teams across athletics engaged in friendly competition on Giving Day to fundraise for their respective sports.
“It is overwhelming to realize how many people answered the call when we asked for their help, and we are really grateful for all of the donations and statements of support we received during Giving Day!” shared head volleyball coach Johan Dulfer.