From April 24 through April 28, Castleton University Athletics will carry their competition off the fields and into the Spartan Giving Challenge. Throughout the week, Castleton’s 29 varsity sports teams will compete to gain the most number of donors to their respective teams. The winning team will be awarded a $2,500 grand prize to their fundraising account, sponsored by Rich and Nancy Glasscock and Castleton Athletics Hall of Fame member Bryan DeLoatch.
“The funding that we get from donations helps our student-athletes have a better experience while they are here competing as a Spartan,” said Associate Dean for Athletics and Recreation Deanna Tyson. “Whether that means helping to pay for a trip down south for our spring sports to get out onto the field or purchasing team gear for our student-athletes to wear on the road while they are representing Castleton University it is very beneficial to all of our programs.”
Taking into account the varying roster sizes for each team, the challenge will be scored by the ratio of gifts, valued at $10 or more, to player per team. During the challenge, daily updates will be available at www.castletonsports.com/spartans-give and on the @castletonsports and @castletonshield Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. Final results will be announced by May 5.
“People that enjoy watching sports have a competitive side and watching our teams compete with each other is competition off the field. It is a fun way to bring the athletes onto a level playing field,” Tyson said.
The Spartan Giving Challenge caps off a month of celebrating the athletic, academic, and community engagement efforts and achievements of student-athletes across the country. So far this year, the Spartans have claimed 24 All-Conference, 54 Conference All-Academic, nine Conference Sportsmanship, two Academic All-America, and seven All-America honors. Additionally, they have participated in various service projects including making blankets for Foley Cancer Center patients, volunteering with the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity builds, and more.
Participating in the Spartan Giving Challenge reinforces these values in today’s Spartans and ensures that they are a part of a team much larger than themselves and their current teammates.
“The coaching staff and I are excited to be working with the development office to support the athletic programs as we bring our student-athletes to the next level,” said Tyson.