Day of Giving to Benefit Student-Athletes

Sep 15, 2020

Donations will help to support a variety of Vulcans athletics programs.

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California University of Pennsylvania will hold its third-annual Athletics Day of Giving scholarship fundraiser on Tuesday, Sept. 22. All money raised from the event will benefit the Athletics Scholarship Fund for student-athletes.

Donations will be even more crucial for Cal U athletics programs this year, since home events, facility rentals, camps and clinics have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The pandemic has impacted every athletics team at Cal U and has placed great challenges in front of us from a fundraising and recruiting perspective,” said athletics director Dr. Karen Hjerpe. “As always, we are appreciative of the generosity in giving to Cal U Athletics and helping to continue to provide scholarships and opportunities to our student-athletes.”

The Day of Giving website is active for donations, ahead of the formal event on Sept. 22. Contributions also will be accepted from those who wish to extend financial support after the event.

Cal U has partnered with GiveCampus, a digital fundraising and volunteer management platform, in preparation for this year’s event. Each of the athletics programs at Cal U has a unique page on the website, with a personalized video message from the head coach to the team’s alumni, fans and supporters.

“I’m looking forward to the third annual Athletics Day of Giving,” said Randi Minerva, manager of Cal U’s annual giving programs. “We are excited to be able to engage and connect with Vulcans alumni to help them support Cal U in the way they are most passionate about.”

The website allows users to designate which program(s) they would like to support with donations and provides options for various challenge and match campaigns. Visitors to the site also can become advocates for an atheltics program by sharing the donation link on various social media platforms or via text and email.