George Mason Athletics and the Patriot Club completed a successful
new fundraising initiative this past fiscal year. The Ten for Ten
Alumni-Athlete Fundraising Challenge, which pitted student-athlete alumni in a
competition, saw alumni-athlete contributions exceed $90,000 and increased alumni-athlete
overall giving participation by 33%.
The program asked alumni-athletes to make a gift to the
Patriot Club. If 10% of alumni-athletes made a gift, $10,000 would be donated
by alumni-athletes Dan and Patty Wotring. Also, $5,000 of the $10,000 would go
to the sport with the highest percentage of alumni-athlete participation.
“It was an honor to support this initiative, to give back
and support both current and future student-athletes so they can have the same
type of college experience we were afforded,” commented Dan and Patty Wotring.
“We were pleased with the success in the initial year, but it's just the start.”
The inaugural competition was captured by the men's volleyball
program after having 29% of their alumni make a gift to support Mason
Athletics. Head Coach Fred Chao spearheaded the men's volleyball efforts.
is a testament to our university and to our program that our alumni
continue to remain loyal supporters,”
said Head Men's Volleyball Coach Fred Chao. “The contest was a great opportunity to
expand the group and to get more former student-athletes back into the fold of
George Mason Athletics. I would like to thank Dan and Patty Wotring for being
shining examples of alumni-athletes, and I hope that the spirit of their
generosity sparks more alumni-athletes to reconnect with the programs that
played a part in shaping their lives.”
Each year Mason's scholarship bill continues to increase,
the 274 alumni-athletes who made a gift this past year helped support more than
500 Patriots student-athletes competing in 22 sports. The Ten for Ten
Alumni-Athlete Fundraising Challenge played an important role as the Patriot
Club experienced the highest numbers of donors in a year.