Western Illinois Athletics Announces Purple & Gold Alumni Challenge
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Sunday 10/15/2012
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MACOMB, Ill. - The Western Illinois athletics department has announced the initiation of The Purple & Gold Student-Athlete Alumni Challenge, a new program that allows alumni to give back to Leatherneck programs they once competed for, and reconnect with present members of the program.

The challenge is designed as a competition among the Western Illinois athletic programs, with the three sports that obtain the largest participation increase receiving a cash increase into their Leatherneck Club Foundation account.

The Purple & Gold Challenge was initiated to re-engage former student-athletes with our programs, connecting Leathernecks of the past with Leathernecks of the present.

Just two percent of former Leatherneck student-athletes, 105 in total, are currently members of the Leatherneck Club. The goal of this challenge is to increase participation by at least 300 former student-athletes to about eight percent.

The top three teams will earn cash prizes, which were generously provided by an anonymous donor. To be equitable, the teams with the highest increase in participation win.

Points are earned in two ways:

1.  The percentage of alumni giving will be multiplied by 1000. Example: 100 former-athletes who have made a gift of $10 or more out of 500 student-athlete alums= .2x1000 = 200 points.

2. On-line Registrants: an additional three points can be earned for each gift made online by a student-athlete alums between now and November 10, 2013.

To qualify for the Purple & Gold Challenge, a former student-athlete must make a gift of $10 or more by March 31, 2013.

Click HERE for more information on the Purple & Gold Challenge, including current standings, as well as links to the Challenge's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Giving information:
To make a gift online: click here to join now!
To make a gift by phone: 309-298-2602
To make a gift by mail: Check payable to The Leatherneck Club, 1 University Circle, Western Hall 204, Macomb, IL 61455



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