– The Gettysburg College volleyball and women’s soccer programs rose to the top of the list in donor participation following the conclusion of the 36-hour Bullets Teams Challenge that took place from Dec. 1-2.
The Bullets Teams Challenge is Gettysburg’s largest fundraising effort in support of the intercollegiate varsity athletic program. Despite an unprecedented and difficult year resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, supporters came out in force to lift their favorite programs to the top of the list. More than 1,200 gifts were received totaling over $173,000 over the 36-hour challenge.
“It is truly inspiring to see the collective support for our Bullets during this unprecedented time,” stated Justin Carson, Director of the Orange & Blue Club. “I am extremely grateful to our alumni, family, and friends who made a gift in honor of our student-athletes and athletic programs during this year’s Bullets Teams Challenge. At a time in which we needed a win, our Gettysburg College athletic community delivered. On behalf of the college, thank you for your continued commitment to our student-athletes.”
As in past years, the teams that featured the highest donor participation received additional financial prizes. The volleyball team blasted past the rest of the field behind a robust and engaging social media plan, which unveiled fun and unique talents possessed by the student-athletes. Every $400 raised unlocked a student-athlete video and the team sailed past its goal of $5,000, finishing with $6,156. Volleyball led all teams with 127 donors, boosting its donor participation to 343 percent!
Women’s soccer finished right behind volleyball by hitting 225 percent of its projected donor goal with 117 donors. The team raised $9,594 overall, ranking it just behind women’s lacrosse for the most amount raised by women’s programs.
Both men’s basketball and women’s lacrosse exceeded their donor goals by 117 and 109 percent, respectively. The men’s hoops team led all programs with over $37,000.
The challenge’s final award went to the swimming programs for most improved. The men’s and women’s programs nearly hit their donor goal with 90 percent and saw 113 donors account for $6,905.
The funds raised as a result of the challenge will support a number of budgetary needs for the athletic programs, including uniforms, equipment, facilities, and travel. The funds will also support increased safety measures as teams seek a return to play. Competition during the fall semester was suspended and an announcement about the winter/spring slate is still pending from the Centennial Conference.
This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.