CHAMPIONS CLUB LAUNCH SPURS RECORD YEAR
July 1, 2014
CHICAGO - The 2014 UIC Athletics Annual Golf Outing was held on Thursday, June 26 at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Ill. A capacity gathering of 160 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day in support of UIC Athletics.
The golf outing has become a fixture on the Flames’ special event calendar, with sold-out attendance every year since 2007. In addition to a scramble round of golf, participants enjoyed raffle and competitive prizes, a silent auction and a barbeque dinner where they were addressed by coaches from 16 sport programs.
“We are fortunate to have a robust core of loyal sponsors, donors and fans,” said UIC Athletic Director Jim Schmidt. “This golf outing is an opportunity for us to show our appreciation for their support and raise additional money to benefit our outstanding student-athletes."
UIC Athletics will host another golf outing in support of athletic scholarships on August 28, 2014, at Bolingbrook Country Club. For information on the 21st Annual UIC Athletic Scholarship Classic, please contact Katie Kozak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-996-5874.
Support for UIC Athletics was highlighted during the past year by the opening of Curtis Granderson Stadium on April 17. The stadium was built primarily thanks to the generous gift of UIC alumnus and three-time MLB All-Star Curtis Granderson. The impressive stadium, with a capacity for over 1,200 fans, hosts UIC baseball games as well as numerous youth games and clinics throughout the year. Granderson, currently an outfielder for the New York Mets, was able to attend the opening day festivities. The historic day on the Chicago campus also featured the second annual Diamond Dinner in support of UIC Athletics.
“We are so appreciative of Curtis’ generosity and his gift was truly transformative for UIC,” said Schmidt. “It demonstrates that through the support of caring individuals, we can build facilities that have a profound and lasting effect on our athletic programs, our university and the community.”
Another memorable event of the spring was the UIC Softball Alumni Day on April 5, which included a dinner honoring the 20-year anniversary of the 1994 team’s trip to the College World Series. UIC was thrilled to host the majority of that special team’s players and coaches back on campus for the weekend.
In October, Flames basketball fans enjoyed a preseason boat cruise on Lake Michigan with both the men’s and women’s basketball coaching staffs. A month later, a large contingent of supporters traveled to Naples, Fla. to cheer the men’s team on at the Gulf Coast Showcase (Nov. 25-27).
Support of UIC Athletics over the past year was sparked by the launch of the UIC Champions Club, which enables individuals to annually support UIC Athletics by providing scholarship assistance and operational resources to benefit the Flames student-athletes. Throughout the year, the mailing of Champions Club materials resulted in a 25 percent increase in responses from the previous year. As the Champions Club continues to grow, donors will intimately experience the impact their gifts have on the success of UIC Athletics and will enjoy special recognition for their support.
“Our events and fundraising activities are an active reminder of the passion and pride our supporters have for the UIC Flames,” said Andrew Haring, Associate Athletic Director for Development. “Our special moments from the past year provide us with momentum for the future. We will have even more fun and effective ways to engage our donors, former student-athletes and fans in the 2014-15 academic year. It is going to be a great year for the Flames!”
For more information on the Champions Club and how you can help the Flames achieve success, please visit the DONATE tab on www.UICFlames.com or contact Haring directly at email@example.com or 312-996-2042.