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March Mania

Last month, Colgate athletics set a goal of securing 2,013 gifts in March from former varsity athletes, current varsity athletes, and former and current player parents in support of this year’s March Mania challenge.
We are thrilled to announce that the community responded, bringing the total number of March Mania gifts to 2,110 and securing $55,000 in support of Colgate athletics!

This year’s total marks the highest donor count in the five years we have held a March Mania challenge, and represents a 5% increase over last year’s challenge total. Additionally, the three teams with the most donors during March Mania were women’s hockey (179), men's lacrosse (203), and football (305). Each of those teams received an additional $3,000 for their sport.

Thank you all for your incredible support, and go, ’gate!
COUNT ME INYou can make a difference in the lives of current student-athletes today by making a gift online at colgate.edu/athleticcouncil, by phone 800-668-4428, or by mail to Colgate University – Gift Records PO Box 313, Canajoharie, NY 13317-0313. Thank you for your support!

Numbers will be updated daily beginning Monday March 5.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is March Mania?
March Mania is an annual challenge to garner support for Colgate Athletics.

Many thanks to our challengers Carmine ’85 and Amy ’86 DiSibio P ’18 ’21, Terry ’79 and Christine Driessen, Mike ’79 and Nancy ’81 Herling P ’08 ’09 ’12, and Steve ’89 and Meg Mehos for their leadership and support of Colgate Athletics!
How does the challenge work?
When we secure 2,013 gifts in the month of March, we’ll earn $55,000 for the Colgate Athletic Council. As an added bonus, the top three performing teams with the most participation in the challenge will each earn $3,000 from this larger challenge pool.
Who is eligible to participate?
Former varsity athletes, current varsity athletes and former and current parents of athletes.
How will Colgate select the top three performing teams to receive the $3,000 prizes?
To ensure equity, teams have been organized into three groups based on the size of their alumni base. For details and groupings, visit colgate.edu/marchmania.
Why is it important to support Colgate Athletics?
Each team relies on the support of alumni, parents, and friends to meet annual budgetary needs. Gifts support expanded opportunities for recruiting, equipment, training, travel and more.
What if I already made a gift this fiscal year?
No problem - you can still take part by making a participatory gift of $13 or more! Additionally, all current varsity athletes who have made a Presidents’ Club gift this fiscal year will automatically be included.
Can I make more than one gift during the challenge?
Only one gift per person will count in the challenge.
Can I encourage friends to participate?
Absolutely! You can opt to share with friends informally (through social media or email) or you can participate more formally by requesting a contact list from Colgate. Please contact Brian Grady at bgrady@colgate.edu for details and to get involved.
What if I plan to make a larger gift later this fiscal year but still want to participate?
No problem! Your gift in any amount will count. We recommend making a gift of $13 or more if you wish to participate in the challenge.
Do I have to give to a specific initiative in order to participate in this challenge?
While we hope you’ll consider supporting your favorite team or the Colgate Athletic Council, you can designate your gift to The Colgate Fund or any academic area, program or initiative at Colgate that is meaningful to you. In addition, you can make your gift in honor of your favorite coach and we’ll make sure they receive notification!
What is the Colgate Athletic Council and what does it support?
The Colgate Athletic Council provides Colgate athletics with unrestricted support to fund critical initiatives that benefit all Colgate student-athletes. These initiatives range from programming for the Colgate Athletics Leadership Academy, the continued branding of our athletic venues, and providing internships in the areas of communications, compliance, and equipment services.
I am a student-athlete and have already made a Presidents' Club ($13) gift this year. Do I need to make another gift in order to be counted in this challenge?
No! All student-athletes who are Presidents' Club members are automatically included in this challenge.
Who can I contact for further details about this challenge or supporting Colgate Athletics?
Please contact Brian Grady, Assistant Athletics Director for Advancement, bgrady@colgate.edu or 315-228-6653.