#AllTogetherUMW to pay it forward for current and future Eagles for years to come!

When you give to Friends of Athletics, you are providing critical funding for the department to enhance the UMW student-athlete experience in the following ways:

  • Development and programming for departmental leadership training, as well as other national leadership opportunities for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
  • Hosting nationally renowned speakers for the department, and the entire campus, including topics like Back to the Nest, mental wellness, diversity and inclusion, and psychology of peak performance
  • Boosting recruiting dollars for every team and professional development opportunities for head and assistant coaches
  • Strengthening support staff for the benefit of all teams in the areas such as athletic training staff, grounds and facilities staff, strength and conditioning staff, and sports information/marketing staff
  • Enhancing athletic facilities; including game day facilities, practice facilities, academic and study spaces, office spaces, auxiliary training spaces, and sport medicine facilities

When you give to a specific sports program, you are committing to a tradition of excellence in the classroom, in our community, and in every athletics competition. These gifts immediately impact each program in the following ways:

  • New sport-specific technology and teaching tools for practice
  • Custom training equipment and game day apparel for student-athletes
  • Upgrades for long-distance travel costs like hotels, buses, and high-nutrition meals
  • Team programming and experiences for sports education and chemistry building
  • Enhanced recruiting and professional development opportunities for your coaching staff
  • Enhanced recruiting and professional development opportunities for your coaching staff

Pay it forward…Share On Social!

On #MaryWashDay help us make an impact. We need all of Eagle Nation: athletic alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends to inspire more Eagle Pride and share via Facebook, emails, text messages, and on other social media.

When you share #MaryWashDay and let others know why #AllTogetherUMW you will pay it forward for current and future Eagles for years to come.

Questions? For more information regarding the Eagle Club and University of Mary Washington Athletics, please contact Caitlin Moore directly at (540) 654-1320 or

See what people are sharing about Mary Wash Giving Day!
Jay and Miriam's 540 Challenge
Show your love for the 540 (F'burg's area code, in case you forgot)! Jay Sinha '07 and Miriam McCue '16 are calling on their fellow alums (pun intended) to give on Giving Day. If we reach 540 gifts by 9:00 a.m., we will unlock their $1,540 gift to UMW. Get up early with Jay and Miriam and ANSWER THE CALL by making your morning gift!
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Susan Leavitt ’83 1,000-Gift Challenge:
Let’s go for a grand by lunchtime! If we hit our target of 1,000 gifts by noon on Giving Day, a $3,000 challenge gift to the Fund for Mary Washington from Susan Leavitt ‘83 will be unlocked.
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Mary Louise Holmes '97 Challenge for 1,908 gifts
if we reach 1,908 gifts, in honor of our founding year, by 5 p.m., Mary Louise Holmes '97 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington. Make your gift today and help us reach 1,908 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Strassheim 3,000 Gift Challenge
Robert J. '96 and Sarah Gildersleeve Strassheim '01 have been Mary Wash Giving Day supporters since the very beginning! This year, they’re challenging everyone who loves Mary Washington to join them in giving back. If we reach our goal of 3,000 gifts on Giving Day, Rob and Sarah will give $9,000 to support the Fund for Mary Washington and student scholarships – AND they will pledge an additional $36,000 in the coming years. When you make a gift of any amount to any area on Giving Day, you will put us one step closer to unlocking the Strassheim Challenge, multiplying your impact for UMW students!
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Young Alumni Gift Challenge
When we receive 300 gifts from young alumni donors (graduates of 2011-2020) to any area, the Young Alumni Council (YAC) will unlock a gift of $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington. If we receive 600 gifts YAC will unlock an additional $2,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington for a total of $3,000. Graduates of the Last Decade, increase the impact of your gift with this challenge!
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Adenan Devil-Goat Challenge
Abas ’85 and Eileen Brown Adenan ’88 are taking their Devil-Goat rivalry to a new level. If more Goats (alumni of even class years) make Giving Day gifts than Devils (alumni of odd years), Abas will make a $2,500 gift to the area Eileen chooses. If more Devils participate than Goats, Eileen will give $2,500 to the area Abas chooses. Watch the Devil-Goat Leaderboard throughout the day to track the competition live!
Women’s Lacrosse 5k Match
An anonymous donor will match all gifts made to Friends of Women’s Lacrosse dollar for dollar up to $5k. Double the impact of your gift by supporting women’s lacrosse today!
Women’s Volleyball 10k Goal Challenge
If the Women’s Volleyball team hits their fundraising goal for the year of $10,000 (currently at $6,405), an anonymous donor will unlock an additional gift of $1,000. Help Women’s Volleyball reach their goal and increase your impact today!
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Men’s Rugby Challenge
When Men’s Rugby receives 50 gifts on April 13, Cedar Shakes and Shingles will unlock a gift of $300! Support Men’s Rugby today to increase the impact of your gift!
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Irene Roberts ’86 Women’s Basketball Challenge
If Women’s Basketball receives 8 gifts by 3pm from her fellow 80’s alumni (1980-1989) Irene will unlock a $1,000 gift to Women’s Basketball. 80’s alumni, increase the impact of your gift today!
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Women’s Soccer 20 Alumni Challenge
When Women’s Soccer receives 20 gifts from alumni Carey Riordan Burke ’95 and other Friends of Women’s Soccer will unlock a total gift of $1000. Alumni, increase your impact with your women’s soccer gift today!
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Say YES to UMW Field Hockey in our coaches YES Day Challenge
It's YES Day for the coaches. For every $500 raised, Coach Harris and Coach Heppner must say "YES" to the requests of their student athletes. A few sprints on the field? Cupcakes? Crazy hair? A lip sync battle?......Join the challenge to support these young athletes and see what the coaches can do. #GoWash
Class Year Total Leaderboard
Which class year has raised the most money?
#AllTogetherUMW Leaderboard
When all groups of the Mary Wash community band together we can do amazing things.
Athletics Leaderboard
Which team is in the lead?
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