June 11, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. -
With only a few weeks left to go in the Penn State Alumni Challenge for Former Student-Athletes, teams can still make a final push to win one or both $6,000 prizes. Women's Soccer continues to lead for the first prize for the highest percentage of former student-athletes who have supported Penn State Athletics with 40.85 percent participation. Trailing the Women's Soccer program are Football (35.76 percent), Men's Hockey (31.69 percent), Men's Lacrosse (28.65 percent), and Men's Volleyball (24.17 percent).
Nearly every Penn State team has seen an increase in alumni support when compared to last year's numbers, putting pressure on the current leaders for the second prize. This $6,000 prize will go to the team with the highest percentage increase of former student-athlete donors over last year. Women's Soccer is more secure in these standings, holding the top spot with a 23.94 percent increase in giving, followed by Men's Lacrosse (14.04 percent increase), Field Hockey (8.23 percent increase), Women's Gymnastics (7.50 percent increase), and Women's Basketball (6.54 percent increase).
To view the complete current standings, visit the Alumni Challenge Graph.
Overall, alumni are still supporting their teams in even greater numbers than last year. Almost 2,500 former student-athletes have contributed to Penn State Athletics so far this year. New donors continue to make a strong showing in the challenge; more than one-third of this year's donors are making their first gift to Penn State Athletics.
To learn more about this challenge and to stay up-to-date on the progress, visit the Varsity `S' Club website and Varsity `S' Facebook page.
Make your sport-specific gift today. As a former student-athlete, 100 percent of your donation can go to your program while receiving all Nittany Lion Club benefits.
To support your team online, please click on the sport-specific link below.
Women's Ice Hockey
Women's Swimming and Diving
Men's Swimming and Diving
Men's Ice Hockey
Women's Track & Field/Cross Country
Men's Track & Field/Cross Country