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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.
Learn how you can support the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation. Sign up and become part of the tradition.