NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Donor counts exceeded goals for the third consecutive year and money raised set a record in the five-day Maroon and Gold Challenge, a fundraiser for Norwich University athletics.
During the campaign, which ran Nov. 2 to Nov. 6, 903 donors gave $64,849 that will go into the 20 varsity teams’ fundraising accounts to support student-athletes’ pursuit of success. Sixteen of Norwich's 20 varsity athletic programs exceeded $1,000 in donations. Twelve reached the individual-sport goal of 25 donors each; three had 24 donors.
The overall donor total nearly doubled the goal of 500. Money raised set a Maroon & Gold challenge record, topping 2019’s $50,881 total by 27.4%.
The $64,849 raised during the 2020 Maroon and Gold Challenge set a record and topped 2019’s total by 27.4%.
The inaugural challenge in 2018 drew 722 donors and raised $47,502.
In its three years, the Maroon & Gold Challenge has raised more than $160,000 to support Norwich University student-athletes.
“There was definite uncertainty around this year's Maroon & Gold Challenge,” Maroon & Gold Athletic Association Assistant Director Paul Morgan said. “Our teams have not been able to compete for eight months and it has been a hard time on everyone.
“The Norwich Athletics family went above and beyond for our student-athletes and we are so appreciative of their support,” Morgan added. “These gifts help provide the extra resources needed for our teams to give the Cadets a sense of normalcy in seasons that have been anything but normal.”
Men's lacrosse leads the way
For the third consecutive year, the men’s lacrosse team generated the most donors and the most money — 207 donors gave $12,189 that will go toward purchasing new biometric feedback equipment.
Baseball finished second in money raised with $8,314 from 101 donors. The team eclipsed its 2019 total by nearly $7,500.
Wrestling was third in money raised with $7,120 from 115 donors.
Men’s and women’s swimming and diving raised the fourth-most money, combining for $5,296 from 81 donors. Men’s hockey finished fifth in money raised, with $4,950 from 63 donors.
The women’s hockey team finished sixth overall, and first among women’s teams, in money raised, with $4,370 from 66 donors.
Volleyball had the second-most donations among women’s sports with $2,325 from 31 donors. The totals were the highest ever for volleyball in the competition’s three-year history. The team raised more than $2,000 more than in 2019 and drew four times as many donors.
Women's lacrosse rounded out top three women’s team money raisers with $1,895 from 24 donors.
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