How It Works
This Challenge measures annual alumni participation with a twist. We’re going to rank each team through the points they have accumulated over the course of the academic year (since July 1, 2017). Points are accumulated for every former athlete who supports his or her Friends program, with additional points earned for alumni increasing their support this year and for young alumni giving. The first leaderboard will be launched on June 15 and the Challenge ends June 30.
Who Is Involved
This Challenge is directed to all former athletes of Dartmouth’s 35 varsity sports. Whether you give $25,000 or $25, your support will generate points for your former team.
What’s At Stake
Our sports are divided into four groups based on similar numbers of alumni. When the academic year ends on June 30, the leading program in each group will earn an additional $5,000.
- Make a gift: 1 point
- Make a larger gift than you did last year*: 1 additional point
- Gifts from young alumni (Classes of 2008-2017): 1 additional point
*Your gift is the sum of all contributions to your sport’s Friends program since 7/1/17 and will be compared against your giving between 7/1/16 and 6/30/17. Matching gifts count towards your giving based on the date the matching funds are received by Dartmouth.
5 points for each percent of participation (e.g., 20% team participation equals 100 additional points).
Groups (Based on Number of Living Alumni)
- Cross Country/Track
- Ice Hockey
- Swimming & Diving
- Rugby (W)
- Field Hockey
- This is a challenge between Friends programs. For gender-mirrored sports, the team points awarded are based on combined participation (men’s and women’s).
- Only gifts made by former student-athletes to their respective Friends program will be counted.
- Gifts to endowed funds, facility projects, the AD’s Fund for Excellence or Dartmouth Athletic Sponsors are NOT counted in this challenge.
- Multi-sport athletes must support each of their sports to receive credit for each.
- Dartmouth couples of a single sport only need to give once. Dartmouth couples of multiple sports must support both programs to be counted for each.
- Alumni become eligible for this Challenge in the first academic year after their class has graduated. Class of 2018 gifts are welcome but are not included in this Challenge.