Raise Your Game Challenge


Men's Soccer Wins
Raise Your Game Challenge

The Fourth Annual Raise Your Game Athletics Fundraising Challenge raised the bar again for Rider’s Department of Athletics.  The 2013-14 challenge generated the greatest number of donors and most total dollars compared to any of the previous challenges.

The Rider men’s soccer team was a first-time winner in the competition and won the $6,000 first place prize.  

"I am really proud of our Rider Soccer alumni and how they came through to help our program,” said head coach Charlie Inverso. “During the challenge, I spoke to many alumni personally and all of them are excited and believe the future of our program is very bright."

The men’s soccer team held off both the field hockey team and the wrestling teams to finish at the top of the standings.  For its second place finish, the field hockey team was awarded a $4,000 second place prize, and for its third place finish, the wrestling team was awarded a $2,000 third place prize.  In addition to its first place finish, the men’s soccer team had the largest improvement in former athlete participation, and was awarded a $1,000 Most Improved team prize. Men's soccer had the most alumni donors ever for a team in the Raise Your Game Challenge, including 30 first-time donors to Rider.

“I want to congratulate the Men’s Soccer team for their terrific fundraising year and the other winning teams in the fourth-annual Raise Your Game Challenge,” Director of Athletics Don Harnum said. “We appreciate the continued commitment of our Rider athletic alumni to the challenge, and recognize how important they are to the success of our teams and the Athletic Department. Their support makes a big difference for our current and future athletes.”

Participation points in the Raise Your Game Challenge (RYG) are earned by each program based on gifts by former athletes of at least $25. The prize money will be utilized for equipment, uniforms, travel, etc. 

To make a gift any time to one of Rider’s athletic programs, please go to: https://alumni.rider.edu/giveathletics. If you have any questions or need further information about the Raise Your Game Challenge, please contact Steve Rudenstein, associate director of major gifts for athletics at 609-896-5291 or srudenstein@rider.edu.

What is the Raise Your Game Challenge?

Since 2010, in partnership with Rider's Office of University Advancement, the Department of Athletics has issued an annual challenge to former athletes to participate in a fundraising effort that directly benefits their sport.  Each Rider team faces off against each other to determine which team can generate the most participation from its former athletes. Points are earned by each program based on gifts of at least $25.  The challenge runs each fiscal year from July 1st-April 30th.
In addition, $12,000 in prize money is divided each year amongst the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in the challenge.  

If you have any questions about the challenge, please contact Steve Rudenstein, associate director of major gifts for athletics at 609-896-5291 or by e-mail at srudenstein@rider.edu.