April 13, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- More than 135 student-athletes participated in the annual Varsity Club's Thank-a-thon on Thursday, April 8 in the Press Room at Assembly Hall. This annual event is an opportunity for student-athletes to express their appreciation for generous donations to support athletic scholarships via phone calls and hand-written letters.
Student-athletes participated in two 75-minute sessions. During each session, 32 phones were used, with an additional 50+ student athletes writing thank-you notes. In total, 830 thank-you calls were made and 758 notes were written. Of the phone calls made, student-athletes spoke with 330 donors and left 500 appreciation messages for donors.
Freshman volleyball player Laura Matula indicated that she had never participated in an activity like this. "It's a really fun experience," she said. "Our donors give so much to us. It's great to show our appreciation and talk about our team with them."
"It's so important for us to connect with donors," added Nicole Redder, a junior on the water polo team. "They do so much for us and it's nice to take a little time out of our schedules to say, `thank you for supporting us.' "
In addition to student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrations also participated in the evening, including Fred Glass, Vice President and Director Intercollegiate Athletics; Bill Lynch, Head Football Coach; Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, Associate Head Coach for Women's Basketball; Mark Deal, Associate Director of Football Operations; and Stephanie Siler, Director of Operations for Women's Basketball.
About IU Varsity Club
Established in 1954, the Varsity Club serves as the development arm of IU Athletics. Through its fundraising efforts, the Varsity Club enables 640 student-athletes in 24 varsity sports to receive quality academic and athletic experiences at Indiana University.
Varsity Club donors represent loyal and passionate Hoosier alumni, friends and fans. Their devotion to preserving and enhancing the rich tradition of IU Athletics makes a direct impact on Hoosier success and is important to maintaining our tradition of excellence at IU. To learn more about the IU Varsity Club, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 855-0866.