Thanks to the generous support from Mount St. Mary's University alumni, friends, family, student-athletes and staff, the Mount Club raised a record-setting $1,044,431 in support of student-athletes and Mount athletics during the 2017 fiscal year. The Mount Club saw a 130-percent growth in donations and 10-percent growth in the number of donors.
Your continued support will have a tremendous impact throughout Mount St. Mary's athletics, as we look to continue facility improvements (Track & Field Team Center, E.T. Straw Family Stadium Field upgrades, Memorial Gymnasium renovations), increase our operating budgets to improve student-athlete experience and success, and further expand our athletic programs.
"I am truly grateful for the generosity of everyone who supported Mount Athletics in 2016-17, a year in which the Mount Club surpassed $1,000,000 for the first time," said Director of Athletics Lynne Robinson. "The positive impact of these donations will help us further enhance the student-athlete experience at Mount St. Mary's, both on and off the playing field. I want to sincerely thank everyone who made a gift to Mount Athletics for their commitment to the success of our student-athletes and programs."
"Athletics have been a source of pride for those who call Mount St. Mary's home for a very long time," said Vice President for University Advancement Bob Brennan. "The memories our alumni share almost always include a reference to a great game, a road trip to a Final Four and wins over rival colleges and universities. These memories are fueled by our student-athletes and our outstanding coaches. This past year, our dedicated alumni, parents and benefactors helped us raise over $1,000,000 for our athletic program for the first time. On behalf of the Mount, we thank you for your generous support!"
As we move forward and continue to expand our athletic programs, this fiscal year will be crucial! Our number one goal, as always, is to ensure our student-athletes have the best college athletic experience possible! YOUR continued generosity will aid in providing the tools necessary to succeed in the classroom and competition. Let's keep shattering records as we look to make the 2017-18 athletic year significant and memorable!
Thank you again for everything you do for Mount Athletics and our student-athletes.
ATHLETIC SUCCESS FROM YOUR SUPPORT
With the amazing support from 878 donors, our student-athletes were able to capture championships, shatter records and take home many awards during the 2016-17 season!
Men's basketball captured its fifth NEC Title in program history to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Mount then topped New Orleans in the First Four matchup to collect the program's second NCAA Tournament victory since moving to Division I.
Women's senior swimmer Sarah Bonson was named one of five Northeast Conference Female Scholar Athletes of the Year. Bonson posted a perfect 4.0 GPA while earning dual degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. She also wrapped up her career with top-10 times in program history in six different events.
Senior Rachel Heinze became the first player in Mount softball history to be named Northeast Conference Player of the Year. Heinze, who also earned Second Team All-ECAC and Third Team All-Region honors, finished her career at the Mount as the all-time leader in home runs (43), runs scored (128), RBI (121) and total bases (327).
Maddie Kole, of the cross country team, was the top rookie finisher at the Northeast Conference Championships, earning her NEC Freshman of the Year honors.
Kelly Yanucil (javelin), Julian Woods (400m hurdles) and Natalia Hinton (long jump) all qualified for the NCAA East Preliminaries.
Men's basketball Head Coach Jamion Christian was named the Northeast Conference Jim Phelan Coach of the Year, and also collected Ben Jobe Coach of the Year honors from CollegeInsider.com.