Donor Spotlight: Daniel & Christie Borders: Winners of Courtside Seats This Season
Feb. 21, 2014
During the waning months of 2013, the IU Varsity Club participated in several outreach initiatives to increase our number of new donors to generate growing support for IU student-athlete scholarships.
Through these initiatives new donors were offered a chance to win two premium courtside seats for a Big Ten basketball home game this season. All new IU Varsity Club members that joined by December 31st were automatically entered into the drawing. Daniel and Christie Borders of Bloomington, IN, were randomly chosen as the winners of the drawing and sat courtside at the Men's Basketball game vs. Illinois on January 26th. The Varsity Club sat down with Christie to hear about what motivated them to join the Varsity Club and support IU Athletics.
Daniel and Christie Borders both graduated from Indiana University in 1993. Christie fell in love with Bloomington and decided never to leave....and eventually convinced Daniel to move back. Daniel and Christie have been faithful Hoosier fanatics for years and most recently decided they would help financially support student-athletes through the Indiana University Varsity Club.
Q: What has inspired you to donate to the Varsity Club?
Christie: Over the years, being a resident of Bloomington, it has been exciting to have IU Athletics as a part of this town. It's great for the community, not just for the university. So it's been great to have access to the athletics and it's been a great opportunity to be able to give back.
Q: What do you find most rewarding about giving to the Varsity Club?
Christie: Well, today it's that I get free tickets! But under normal circumstances I think it's great to know that IU Athletics will continue to grow and be as successful as they have been and to be able to provide students with quality facilities and all that. But yea, the courtside tickets are great!
Q: What put you and your family in a position to become Varsity Club donors?
Christie: We both are successful in what we do, but we are just normal Bloomingtonians really. I would say we are definitely average as far income goes. But it's important to be philanthropic, no matter what income level you are in. Part of our income always goes to philanthropic purposes, so this was a way to continue that.
Q: Do you have any specific or favorite memories from Indiana University athletic events?
Christie: I'm not sure what year it was, but being at Nick's and beating Duke in Men's Basketball was a pretty big highlight. Being a part of all the celebrations with the community and the student community was a great and memorable experience.
For more information on how you can support IU student-athletes through the Varsity Club, visit our Annual Giving page. Look for more contest opportunities for all Varsity Club donors later this year.
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