Donor Spotlight: John Grimshaw

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 06/13/2012
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Q: Tell us a little more about yourself.

I was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1940. I graduated from West Point in 1962 , attended Field Artillery, Ranger, and Airborne Schools prior to my first assignment to Germany.  Mimi and I met in Bamberg, Germany, where she taught school for the Department of Defense, and married there in January 1966, after resolving the obvious conflict between Paterson, NJ and LaGrange, Tenn.  We did a pretty good job of conflict resolution since we have been married for 46 years.  My Army career included two combat tours in Vietnam, battalion command, attendance at the National War College, and promotion to the rank of Colonel.  I retired in November 1985 and, shortly thereafter, joined CACI, a Federal Systems Integrator, as a program manager.  Over the next twenty years, I advanced within CACI to the position of Executive Vice President.  My final five years with CACI, I managed one of CACI's five business groups and then retired in 2005.  Mimi and I moved to our newly built home in Porters Neck in September 2005. We have two daughters, Cathy and Amy, both of whom are married and live in North Carolina. We have been blessed with two grandchildren, both of whom have been active in  UNCW soccer and swimming programs for youths. I'm slowly learning to play golf.  I also like surf fishing and gardening.  One of my volunteer responsibilities is to care for the rose gardens at the Arboretum.

Q:  How did you get interested in UNCW Athletics and the Seahawk Club?

As we began getting settled in Porters Neck, we quickly were introduced to our community's involvement in UNCW basketball. We have been season ticket holders ever since and, for the past two years, for women's basketball as well.  We have thoroughly enjoyed the games and, as we gaze into our crystal ball, we see a very bright future for the programs.

Q:  What makes the Seahawk Club and Seahawk Athletics special?

UNCW is special for us; it has reached out and welcomed us to Wilmington. Mimi and I have attended classes of interest to us; we have listened to University Professors lecturing at our Club and our Church on timely subjects; our daughter, Cathy, received her Master's Degree in Accounting from UNCW; and our grandchildren have been involved in soccer and swimming with UNCW.  UNCW students are active in our community tennis and golf programs.  And, for the past two years, we have sponsored a UNCW Sports Day at Porters Neck.  Mimi and I have decided that the best way to express our thanks to UNCW for all it has done for us is by being generous donors to the Seahawk Club.  We believe a strong athletic program reflects very favorably on the University And the Community it serves.

Q:  What would you say to a prospective donor who is thinking about joining the Seahawk Club?

The mission of the Seahawk Club is a very important one - to fund fully the athletic scholarships for all eligible sports programs.  It is important that we have the most deserving athletes competing for UNCW.  Their success not only contributes to the strength and reputation of the University, but it spills over to the spirit and support of the Wilmington community as well.

Q:  What is your most memorable UNCW moment?

When someone outside Trask Coliseum wanted to buy our tickets on the night of a basketball game in 2005-2006. I want us to return to that level of involvement and enthusiasm for UNCW athletics.

Q:  What excites you the most about the future of UNCW Athletics?

How bright the future is and the opportunity to bring in more of the Porters Neck and Wilmington communities to enjoy this success.