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Ray Lawry

Football, Junior

"Because of you, I was able to receive a scholarship and play in front of the best fans in college football."

Donor Spotlight

Name: Ross and Carolyn Carey

Are you an alumnus of ODU?

Ross graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in August of 1988. While Carolyn is not an alumna, she is an extremely proud and honored Monarch!

What is your favorite memory of ODU Athletics?

As we reach into the hat in an attempt to extract one favorable moment, we can’t help but remember Trey Freeman’s miraculous “half court circus shot”, Taylor Heinicke’s first insertion at S.B. Ballard Stadium and the “electric atmosphere” at our inaugural football home opener. However, our favorite memories revolve around the friendships we have forged with others – friendships that would not exist had it not been for ODU sporting and social events.

 Why do you support ODU Athletics and its student-athletes?

We support ODU student-athletes for a myriad of reasons. We love ODU and we love sports. It is invigorating to be “in the moment” rather than observing from afar. Besides, close proximity awards us the opportunity to appreciate that the lessons learned on the field, court or diamond have produced some exemplary human beings! These individuals have and will continue to honorably and proudly represent themselves and ODU.

What do you like most about ODU as a whole?

We like that ODU is progressive without compromising its values or standards.

What makes you the most proud of ODU?

We are most proud that students and student-athletes are held to high standards that will not be compromised for the sake of grades or trophies. After all, any accomplishment without honor and dignity is “a shallow accomplishment unworthy of pride”.

If you could describe ODU in one word, what word would it be and why?

We chose the word opportunity because ODU provides many cultural, educational, athletic and social experiences that enrich one’s life, while providing a “pathway to their chosen destination”.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?

We both completed Associate Degrees at a community college while working part time. Carolyn had begun a co-op program at NASA and continued full-time after graduating. We had exhausted most of our financial resources when an opportunity arose for Ross to apply for an academic scholarship at ODU. Thanks to the generosity of the ODU Alumni Association, Ross was awarded tuition for his junior year at ODU. This was a tremendous financial help, due to the fact that our daughter was in her freshman year of college, while Ross was completing his senior year at ODU. We started attending ODU basketball games when our son was attending ODU and was the drummer for the ODU pep band in 1994.  We are forever indebted to ODU for having enriched our lives in so many ways! GO MONARCHS!