When Andrew Vito ’21 hauled in a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter of the 2019 Cortaca Jug, he secured the final points in the Bombers’ 32-20 victory over SUNY Cortland in front of an NCAA Division III single-game record 45,161 fans. The victory was IC’s third straight in the rivalry, and soon after the final whistle blew, the Twitter hashtag #ICVictory was celebrating the historic win.
But the football team’s success wasn’t the only thing for the Ithaca College community to celebrate that weekend. From devising solutions to unique logistical challenges to executing a philanthropic campaign on short notice, beating the Red Dragons on the scoreboard was just one of the many wins that took place over the course of several days last November.
Much like the Bombers’ victory on the gridiron that day was the culmination of a year’s worth of often unseen effort from players, coaches, and staff members, each of these other victories only occurred thanks in part to a year-long effort, led by the Cortaca Jug Steering Committee, that established various working groups to oversee every aspect of the event. Working together for 12 months, individuals from every corner of campus played a role in one of the biggest weekends in Ithaca College history.