(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – All 16 members of the Carnegie Mellon men's basketball team made a contribution to the program, and became the first intercollegiate team at the university to achieve 100% giving.
"This group of guys continues to impress me – every day," said head coach Tony Wingen. "They are committed to Tartan basketball and Carnegie Mellon on every level – in the classroom, on the court, and in their support of department initiatives like the Tartan Challenge. They are really special."
In October, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council achieved 100% giving to the athletics department, and quickly elected to challenge the rest of the student-athlete community to join in investing in their own experience. With nearly 200 student gifts to date, the student-athlete community has responded in a big way.
"I am so proud of our men's basketball program for the commitment they have made to support their experience," said Director of Athletics Josh Centor. "They have answered the SAAC student challenge in resounding fashion."
The Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics recently launched the Tartan Challenge to current teams, staff members, alumni, parents and friends of the department.
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 money provided the department with the flexibility to support leadership programming, offset costs for student training trips, enhanced recruiting budgets, allowed for locker room renovations and provided flexibility to add logos and wordmarks to the new football playing surface.