UND raised $2.23 million in cash gifts and commitments in 2011-12.
Another fundraising record year for Champions Club
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Updated: Sunday 03/08/2012 10:30:12 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The North Dakota Champions Club, formerly the Fighting Sioux Club, is proud to announce its biggest fundraising year ever in 2011-12, marking the sixth consecutive annual record. The Champions Club, the lead fundraising arm for UND Athletics, raised $2.23 million in cash gifts and commitments from 2,360 members for student-athlete scholarships and athletics program support in 2011-12.

"Annual support from the Champions Club is vital to the success of our athletics programs," said Brian Faison, UND Director of Athletics (pictured above, left). "Through the generosity of donors we're able to continue our mission of the Champions Club - to build champions in the classroom, community, and competition. This kind of generosity helps us to do just that by providing critical scholarship dollars."

"We always say that championships start with scholarships," said Josh Morton, Associate Athletic Director and Executive Director of the Champions Club (pictured above, right). "In the past 12 months we've had proof of that with men's hockey, volleyball, women's basketball and football winning conference titles. Because of the scholarship support from the Champions Club members our coaches can recruit the best and brightest student-athletes across the country."

Nearly 65 percent of UND's student-athletes earned a spot on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for the 2011 fall semester, achieving at least a 3.0 semester or cumulative grade point average. Of the 413 student-athletes, 276 made the Honor Roll and 40 of those student-athletes achieved a perfect 4.0.

All gifts to UND Athletics through the Champions Club benefit North Dakota Spirit | The Campaign for UND, which seeks to dedicate $300 million to UND's passionate students, innovative programs, inspirational educators and extraordinary places. Learn more about North Dakota Spirit at

Follow the Champions Club on Twitter @NDChampions and Facebook (North Dakota Champions Club).

The UND Foundation, an independent non-profit organization, raises and manages funds that secure a strong future for UND and its students, faculty and alumni. A sister corporation to the UND Alumni Association, the UND Foundation was established in 1978 with assets of approximately $1 million. As of June 30, 2011, the total assets are over $228.1 million.




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