The men’s gymnastics team was once again stellar in terms of overall support, as 58.9 percent of its 224 alumni were Tribe Club donors this past year. Women’s soccer just edged the volleyball program, as it had a 25.9 percent participation rate (274 total alumnae), while volleyball checked in at 25.2 percent (218 total).
“I am consistently impressed and humbled by the value our alumni place on supporting the athletics mission at William and Mary,” stated Bobby Dwyer, the Director of the Tribe Club. “[Tribe Club Assistant Directors] Al Albert and Chris Stratton do a great job of continually engaging our alumni, with Al specifically putting his focus into this Challenge. This kind of support is crucial to our being able to maintain the broad based athletics program.”
Men’s soccer was runner up on the men’s side, with a robust 46.2 percent of its alumni participating (out of a total of 381), while basketball finished third at 35.2 percent (of 378).
The third-place position on the women’s side was held down by the women’s swimming squad, which posted a giving percentage of 24.9 percent (of 402 total alumnae).
The men’s gymnastics and women’s soccer programs were each rewarded with a $2,500 ‘bonus’ from the Tribe Club for winning the challenge, while the men’s soccer and volleyball squads earned a $1,500 prize for its efforts. The third-place finishers were awarded $1,000.
The men’s tennis squad saw the most improvement, in terms of percentage increase in donors, as it made a significant jump of 15.9 percent from last fiscal year (from 19.5 percent to 34.9 percent). This outstanding effort was rewarded with a $500 bonus to its Tribe Club account.
As a department, the Tribe Athletics program can proudly claim that one in every four athletes who graduated from W&M give back to the program (as 2,229 of 8,928 living athletic alumni made donations to the Tribe Club). This number represents a 3.6 percent increase over last fiscal year.
The Tribe Club is a group of alumni and friends of William and Mary Athletics that was established in 1948 to create greater support for student-athletes in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. Since athletics receives no aid from the state, the Tribe Club stands as the sole provider of scholarships to William and Mary student-athletes.
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