The 2015-16 Lakers Athletics Challenge met its goal of 625 donors, with the highest level of participation going to the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams.
Each team received $1,000, and challengers Rich ’80 and Beth Kagan Lashley ’80 made a gift of $30,000 to The Fund for Oswego designated to Athletics. The challenge raised $185,832.
“This challenge has been a great opportunity to tap into the competitive spirit of all of the athletics programs at SUNY Oswego—for alumni, students and coaching staff,” said Rich Lashley, a member of the baseball team from 1976 to 1980 who also served as a team captain. “I’m proud to be a part of the legacy of SUNY Oswego’s athletics programs, and the community of athletes past and present who share in that pride.”
This is the second year in a row that the men’s swimming and diving team won the participation award; the women’s team edged out last year’s winners, women’s basketball, by four-tenths of a percentage point.
“We are grateful for everyone who helps us continue to provide our athletes with a positive experience,” said Michael Holman ’96, head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach.
“Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Athletics Challenge,” said Ryan O’Donnell, associate director of annual giving. “The volume of former members of our athletic pro-grams who make these annual gifts in support of their teams is such a testament to the experience student-athletes are provided here at Oswego— an experience that’s continually enhanced through the generosity of our donors.”