GREENSBORO, N.C. - UNCG Athletics has received a $150,000 planned gift to establish the first named position endowment in program history. The gift is from the estate of Edwin C. Jennings, 3rd, and will create the Edwin C. Jennings, 3rd Baseball Scholarship Endowment. The endowment will support student-athletes who play shortstop for the UNCG Baseball team.
The gift comes at an exciting time for UNCG Baseball. The 2018 SoCon Regular Season champions finished the year with an overall record of 39-15. For the first time in program history, UNCG Baseball has won more than 35 games in three consecutive seasons. Under the guidance of two-time SoCon Coach of the Year Link Jarrett, UNCG Baseball has become one of the most productive offensive teams in the country. Most recently, a school record of six players were selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.
“We are so grateful to the estate of Edwin Jennings for this wonderful commitment to our program,” said UNCG Baseball head coach Link Jarrett. “From what I’ve heard about Mr. Jennings, he would have greatly appreciated our commitment to academics first, the leadership skills we instill in our players and the transformational opportunity, both on and off the field, that baseball scholarships provide here at UNCG.”
Edwin C. Jennings, 3rd, was a lifelong baseball fan. As a high school student, he played both baseball and football before attending Duke University as biology major and football player. He was a United States Marine from 1959 to 1965, serving with then Secretary of State Dean Rusk, and as an Embassy Guard in Poland and Germany.
A member of the American Legion Post 279 and post commander from 1997 to 2000, Jennings was an avid supporter of Legion baseball. He followed professional and college baseball throughout his life and played baseball and softball into his 70s as shortstop and 3rd baseman for the Over the Hill Gang and the Senior Softball League. He also coached his children’s sports teams, other community softball teams and even Pop Warner football.
“UNCG Baseball has had an unprecedented level of success over the past three years,” said Director of Athletics Kim Record. “This special gift will only help add to the momentum they have under the leadership of Link Jarrett.”