October 31, 2011

$100,000 Challenge Gift to Benefit Guilford Men’s Lacrosse Program

GREENSBORO, N.C. —Guilford College has received a $100,000 challenge gift from anonymous donors to establish a Men's Lacrosse Program Endowment as part of the College's Advancing Excellence campaign.

The donors will match gifts and pledges on a two-to-one basis up to $50,000 in order to create a $150,000 fund to support men's lacrosse program expenses.  The endowment is only the second of its kind providing direct support of an athletic team at Guilford.

"This new endowment will help fund resources needed to build and operate a top-level lacrosse program," said Tom Palombo, director of athletics. "We are grateful to the donors for their love of the sport and their support of Guilford College."

Under the direction of first-year coach Tom Carmean, last season the men's lacrosse team posted a 9-7 record, breaking a lengthy streak of losing records dating to 1993. The team had winning seasons from 1980 to 1992, including a 63-27 record from 1981-87.

"We take pride in the accomplishments of all of our athletic teams, and our lacrosse program is headed in the right direction under the leadership of coach Carmean," Palombo said.

Guilford plays at Division III of the NCAA and is in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, which has lacrosse powerhouses Roanoke, Lynchburg, Washington and Lee and Hampden-Sydney.

Questions about making gifts to the new lacrosse fund should be directed to Emily Thompson at 336-316-2855 or ethompso@guilford.edu. Online contributions can be made at www.guilford.edu/makeagift.

Advancing Excellence is Guilford's comprehensive $60 million campaign to support the endowment, facilities and annual operating expenses. More than $45 million had been raised through October. More information is available at excellence.guilford.edu.