Jun 03, 2016
The success of VCU Athletics hinges on commitment.
Our student-athletes are committed to excellence on the field and in the classroom. Our coaching and support staffs are committed to preparing these young adults for life beyond college athletics. Our donors have pledged their commitment to our student-athletes and coaches as well, providing them with the resources necessary to achieve their goals.
This spring, the VCU Athletics staff sought to strengthen its commitment to the program through VCUnited, a Ram Athletic Fund giving campaign, chaired by Baseball Coach Shawn Stiffler, Lacrosse Coach Jen O’Brien and Assistant Director for Facilities and Event Operations Joe Burns, that aimed for 100 percent support from eligible athletics staff. In May, the first-ever VCUnited campaign reached its 100-percent participation goal. In other words, each eligible VCU Athletics staff member is now a Ram Athletic Fund donor.
“I take great pride in knowing that our entire department supported this effort,” said VCU Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin. “It shows the belief that our coaches and administrators have in our mission and our core values. We need that commitment to win championships, develop our student-athletes and graduate tremendous leaders. I commend Coach Stiffler, Coach O'Brien and Joe Burns for their efforts to encourage staff giving throughout the department.”
The success of VCUnited is affirms the belief of VCU Athletics faculty and staff in the program’s mission to pursue excellence both the athletic and academic arenas. RAF donors have proven their unyielding commitment to the Rams over the years, and VCU staff united to match that level of commitment.
"This is an important milestone that reflects our shared commitment to VCU Athletics and our student athletes,” said VCU Executive Associate Athletic Director Glenn Hofmann. “Perhaps inspired by the generosity and enthusiastic support of our larger Ram Nation, our staff reflects the competitiveness and drive that enables our success--today and in the days and months, and games and seasons, to come."