Why they give: ‘Values learned as athletes are beyond measure’

Oppy-coupleThe Champions Challenge campaign, which aims to generate funding for programs and capital improvements
that will propel UIndy’s athletics program to the next level, is making great strides forward.

An anonymous donor’s $250,000 gift is funding a matching 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 qualify for a 1-to-1 match. The funds will address needs across the board in athletics.

UIndy’s athletics program means different things to different people, however. For Mike ’92 and Beth ’95 ’97 Oppy, it was what brought them together.

“If it wasn’t for the fact that we both ran cross country and track,” Mike says, “we may never have met. And the strong education we received while at UIndy and the values learned as athletes are beyond measure in our lives still to this day. Many of our life achievements have roots going back to UIndy.”

That connection is why they feel compelled to give back to the University that gave them so much. The Champions Challenge has given the couple a unique opportunity to support current UIndy student-athletes. Mike and Beth understand the needs and wants of student-athletes because of their own history at UIndy, and they understand the value of that experience. The values they learned as student-athletes have helped to carry them through life together. The Oppys are members of the University’s Greyhound Club, which is working hard to support the Champions Challenge.

“It’s the first time that everyone is working towards a single goal,” Mike says of the Greyhound Club’s response to the challenge. “Always in the past, the goal was just to support the Greyhound Club in whatever way was needed. But with the Champions Challenge, there is incentive for all of us.”
The Oppys get the personal satisfaction of giving the University’s student-athletes better opportunities through the Champions Challenge and also “feel connected to UIndy. We want our University to shine in all it does, and we are, to a small degree, part of it,” Mike says.

The Oppys’ message to all of UIndy’s current student-athletes is to “make the most of your time as a UIndy student-athlete by working hard and playing hard so that you can achieve your goals, not only while at UIndy but for a lifetime.”

It’s a message the Greyhounds seem to be taking to heart. Visit http://athletics.uindy.edu/index.aspx to learn about their successes, and support the
Champions Challenge!