Sports UpdateWinter 2015

Why they give: Strategic plan + student-athletes

The 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 off to a promising start. 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. To contribute or learn more about the Champions Challenge, please visit

CC-photoKoby Orris, the son of Andy and Cece Orris and a senior defensive back, is a staple of Greyhound football who has proven to be an anchor of the defensive line. A well-rounded athlete coming out of high school, Koby had had a lot of options. So why choose UIndy?

“The University of Indianapolis was the very first college Koby visited,” Andy Orris says. “He was a sophomore in high school at the time. Koby knew he wanted to major in Exercise Science and then earn his Physical Therapy degree. He visited many colleges looking for the perfect fit: a respected school in his field with high academic standards and a school where he could continue to play football.”

The fit was perfect for Koby and brought his parents peace of mind as well. Because Koby was an exercise science major, it was important to the Orrises that UIndy was committed to creating an environment where Koby and other students could pursue their passions.

“The University of Indianapolis has a very well-defined strategic plan. The Athletics & Recreation Center was a great addition. We’ve also seen two new residence halls added, which speaks to the growth UIndy is experiencing. The demand for health professionals is increasing, and UIndy’s strategic vision has positioned it to be a leader in health-related disciplines,” Andy said.

After four years of UIndy football, the Orris family understands the value of the student-athlete experience and what that has meant for Koby.

“The money raised will be used to support student-athletes and provide capital improvements to the athletic facilities,” Andy says. “When we contribute to the Champions Challenge, the funds raised will provide new amenities, equipment, and a variety of other benefits to current and future student-athletes.

“The challenge shows that UIndy understands the importance of quality and competitive athletic teams,” Andy adds. “It will serve as a catalyst to producing exceptional athletic programs. And by improving equipment and facilities, UIndy will be in a better position to attract high-quality students with high-athletic abilities.”

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