April 19, 2013
The University of Minnesota recently completed the annual Athletic Department Thank-a-Thon where 179 Gopher student-athletes volunteered their time to call 6,265 donors. This year's totals represent record numbers for both thank you calls made and student-athletes who participated. All Gopher teams were represented over the two-week event which took place in the Gopher Athletic Ticket Office in early April.
"I thought it was a great experience because we got to interact with the donors and could thank them for all that they do for Gopher Athletics," men's hockey freshman defenseman Brady Skjei said. "I really enjoyed having conversations with the people and answering the questions that they had for us about our team."
The Thank-a-Thon, established over 10 years ago through the Golden Gopher Fund, creates a unique opportunity for student-athletes to reach out and thank the people who financially support Gopher Athletics. It is a direct way for the athletes to be able to express the importance and impact that these donors have had on their education and athletics experiences.
“I really enjoyed the Thank-a-thon because I was able to personally express my gratitude to the donors who help make being an athlete at the University of Minnesota so special," women's hockey freshman forward Hannah Brandt said. "It is not often that we are given the opportunity to say thank you to these people, so to be able to participate in the Thank-a-thon was a great experience for me.”
“I feel that the Thank-a-Thon is a tremendous event that the Golden Gopher Fund puts on that gives us the chance, as student-athletes, to thank the very people that provide us with an opportunity to play a Division I sport in the Big Ten," football senior kicker Chris Hawthorne said. "We are so blessed and so privileged to be on the platform that we are, and this is the least that we can do to thank these great supporters for their contributions.”
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