Fall 2014Sports Update

The Champions Challenge: Enhancing UIndy Athletics

GHC-Champions-Challenge-with-flying-IAlready known for athletic and academic excellence, the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds are seeking support to cement their status among the elite of NCAA Division II.

A new one-year Champions Challenge campaign aims to generate funding for programs and capital improvements that will propel UIndy’s athletics program to the next level. An anonymous donor has pledged $250,000 toward a matching gift 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 will qualify for a 1-to-1 match. The funds will address a variety of needs.

“Our student-athletes have performed extremely well in competition and in the classroom, and they deserve the best experience we can provide for them,” said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sue Willey ’75, a Greyhound Hall of Fame athlete who was named Under Armour Division II Athletic Director of the Year for 2012–13.

The Greyhounds wrapped up the 2013–14 year by placing fourth among 312 Division II institutions in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, awarded by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics based on overall success in NCAA-sponsored championships. UIndy is among just five D-II institutions to earn three consecutive Top 10 finishes in the Directors’ Cup standings.

For the third-straight year, UIndy led the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 223 Academic All-GLVC athletes and claimed the GLVC All-Sports Trophy, awarded for best all-around performance in the league’s 20 sponsored sports. On top of all that, the Greyhounds also won this year’s GLVC Commissioner’s Cup, a traveling trophy awarded for success in the seven core conference championship sports.

UIndy offers 21 men’s and women’s sports, a number soon to grow with the addition of Indiana’s first Division II men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. To contribute or learn more about the Champions Challenge, please visit www.uindy.edu/championschallenge.

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