Feb. 19, 2014
More than 185 Gopher student-athletes placed 5,162 calls to those who support their academic and athletic experiences at the University of Minnesota as part of the 2014 Thank-A-Thon. In terms of student-athlete participation, this year's Thank-A-Thon was the largest coordinated by the U to-date. Enthusiasm from participating athletes, as always, was at record levels as well.
"I really enjoy participating in the Thank-A-Thon every year. It is really nice to have the opportunity to thank people who have contributed to the Golden Gopher Fund," said Devin Ste. Marie, a junior of the Gopher women's swimming and diving team. "It is fun making the phone calls and being able to tell people what a great experience their donations allow all student-athletes to have."
The tradition of calling and thanking athletics department donors dates back more than a decade and provides a great opportunity for student-athletes and donors to connect directly. This year's Thank-A-Thon officially started on January 27 and continued through this week before wrapping up on February 18. Student-athletes placed calls during the evening hours several days each week throughout the Thank-A-Thon. By its conclusion, participants from all 25 Gopher programs had reached out to donors to offer thanks.
"I loved talking to people from all over the country about how grateful I was for their donations," said Frances Conlin, a sophomore on the Gopher women's track and field team. "I enjoyed helping Gopher athletics through the Thank-A-Thon - it was such a fun and positive environment."
The U of M athletics department is responsible for fully funding scholarships and facility needs for all of its 750 student-athletes, a feat that's only possible with the generous support of those who donate to the Golden Gopher Fund. To learn more about how you can support Gopher student-athletes (and receive a call during the 2015 Thank-A-Thon), please contact the Golden Gopher Fund at (612) 626-4653 or visit GoldenGopherFund.com.
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