On February 10–14, 2020, Eagles from across the nation came together in the first-ever #SupportYourSport Challenge. The #SupportYourSport Challenge is just one way that people like you are bringing BC Athletics to Greater Heights. Be sure to follow @bceaglesdev on social media and stay tuned for next year’s challenge!
It all started with University Trustee David Griffith ’68 and Janet Griffith, who pledged $50,000 to challenge former varsity athletes and the entire Boston College community to give back to their favorite teams.
“We’re passionate BC sports fans,” says David Griffith. “We know that our varsity athletes and alumni are some of the most competitive people out there, and they understand how funding impacts their teams. We wanted to inspire them to get involved by giving back.”
OF CHALLENGE FUNDS
Each team appealed to their fans and alumni base in their own special way, from producing highly creative social media posts, to sending heartfelt emails, to hitting the phone room as if it were the weight room.
Check out some of our favorite posts below!
YOU HEARD HIM! Five-time Olympic 🏅 medalist @Nathangadrian wants you to donate to BC Swim & Dive for the #SupportYourSport Giving Challenge. Today is the last day to donate. We’re almost there...LET’S WIN THIS, EAGS! #LinkInBio pic.twitter.com/zojt3cqeWC— BC Swimming and Diving (@BCswimming) February 14, 2020
Ultimately, the results were phenomenal: 1,404 former student-athletes gave back during #SupportYourSport, a significant increase from last year’s participation rate. Over 450 Boston College alumni, current students, and Newton College alumnae as well as 1,929 parents and friends donated for the first time ever. And 545 Graduates of the Last Decade gave throughout the course of the week.
“It was a great competition,” says Martin Jarmond. “But the prize is knowing that you—our alumni, parents, and friends—are behind us and willing to invest in the future of our programs. This challenge shows just how passionate you are for your teams, and we are so grateful for your ongoing support.”
Total Number of Donors by Sport
Young alumni really gave their all during this challenge! Here's the donor breakout by class year.
Parents of BC student-athletes also joined in to #SupportYourSport!
Parents of current BC student-athletes
Parents of alumni BC student-athletes
Women's ice hockey won the $25,000 Grand Champion prize, receiving gifts from 78.86 percent of their former student-athlete base during the week-long challenge.
See how the team reacted when Martin Jarmond shared they had won the Grand Champion prize:
Most Valuable Ambassador
Swim and dive won the $15,000 Most Valuable Ambassador prize, receiving 909 gifts through their customized referral links.
See how the team reacted when Martin Jarmond shared that they had won the Most Valuable Ambassador prize:
Sailing won the $10,000 Runner Up prize, receiving gifts from 70.7 percent of their former student-athletes.