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It is a great time to be a Monarch. What an exciting time for ODU Athletics and our 497 student-athletes. Our 116 intercollegiate athletic programs have achieved great success in the last year. An NCAA Regional appearance by baseball, a Conference USA men's soccer championship, a top 25 ranking in wrestling, the first ever top 25 ranking in wrestling, the first ever top 25 ranking for men's basketball and a successful first football season in Conference USA are just a few highlights from this year.
In addition to achieving success in athletic competition, our student-athletes also excelled in the classroom. More than half of our 497 student-athletes now carry a GPA of 3.0 or better and nearly a third earned Dean's List honors, with a 3.4 or better. Our wrestling team had the second highest team GPA in the nation, trailing only Harvard for top honors. These academic accomplishments display our student-athletes' continued commitment to higher education.
These great achievements are made possible thanks to the generosity of our ODAF members. In 2014, the ODAF celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and ODAF supporters once again stepped up to display their commitment to ODU and our student-athletes. This year the ODAF successfully completed the "50K50Days 50th anniversary campaign," received support from 100% of our 125 full time ODU Athletic Department staff and coaches for the second consecutive year, and most importantly, contributed over $4.1 million in support of $8 million awarded in student-athlete scholarships.
I encourage you to continue your support of ODU Athletics and the ODAF in 2015. Your contribution to the ODAF is an investment into the lives of our student-athletes and helps to provide our athletic programs with the resources necessary to bring championships to ODU. In an effort to help support our increasing expenses, we are asking all of our ODAF members to join the 110% club. Your participation at this level will assist us greatly in supporting all of our 16 athletic programs. On behalf of our 497 student-athletes, I thank you in advance for your support. Because of you, we create winners in the classroom, in athletic competition, and in life.
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