COLCHESTER, Vt. - With the conclusion of the Purple Knight Challenge on Sunday night, the Saint Michael's College Department of Athletics and Department of Institutional Advancement want to thank all donors for their overwhelming participation toward the second annual friendly fundraising competition. Due to their generosity, more than 1,500 gifts were made toward a total of nearly $74,000 between all 21 varsity athletic programs over the one-week Challenge.
Those numbers rival the final figures from last year's inaugural Challenge, which lasted for two weeks, and saw more than 1,700 gifts lead to nearly $66,000.
The two teams that received the most gifts were field hockey and softball, while baseball placed third, and women's ice hockey, Alpine skiing and women's tennis rounded out a tight competition for the top six. Baseball and field hockey each claimed an additional $500 for their programs. The Challenge, which ran between Oct. 1 and 7, is an annual effort to support the College's varsity athletic teams. All gifts directly impact student-athletes, offsetting the cost of things like recruitment, travel, uniforms, equipment, and so much more.
In terms of top dollar figures, men's lacrosse led the way for the second straight year, with $8,310, followed by field hockey ($7,590), men's ice hockey ($6,475), men's basketball ($6,065), women's basketball ($5,155) and women's ice hockey ($5,030). Eighteen programs earned more than $1,000 to aid their student-athletes' experiences, up from 14 during the inaugural two-week event.