(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – The Carnegie Mellon University women's cross country team accepted the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) challenge to give back to the department and reached 100% giving. All 24 members of the women's cross country team gave back to their program.
"We told our teammates about how important a statement it makes to have student athletes give back," said team captain Rekha Schnepf. "It shows that we're invested in the program and we want it to be the best it can be. Everyone on our team saw the importance in that."
The women's cross country team joins SAAC and the men's basketball team as groups to achieve 100% giving. SAAC started the initiative last year and approximately 300 gifts from student-athletes were received.
Contributions to the athletics department are used to directly support student experience. Last year, the department set a new benchmark for number of donors, as well as dollars raised. The fundraised dollars provided the opportunity to install a state-of-the art video scoreboard and sound system at the tennis facility, upgrade our soccer facility, fund part-time assistant coaching positions, support recruiting efforts, offer leadership programming and offset student contributions for training trips.