Cavalier Corner

June 2012

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Dear Cavalier Friends, We are in one of the busiest times of our fund-raising year and I want to share both our enthusiasm and high- lights from the first four months. With the flurry of events, our staff has had the opportunity to talk with many of you already. I am so encouraged by the excitement we are seeing from our fans and donors. This is a great time to say THANK YOU for being loyal to Virginia athletics and for all that you do to support our student-ath- letes. Please take a moment to glance at the messages below as some of our student-athletes have taken time to express their appre- ciation for your support. Our 2012 Annual Campaign goal is to raise $14,525,000 from 10,000 donors. As of April 30, we have: 6,142 donors 649 new donors $11,491,245 pledged As a donor, you know how important your gift is to the athletics program. We hope you will share the Founda- tion's mission with at least one friend and encourage their participation. This is a great time to be part of Virginia athletics! Thank you for being loyal and generous donors in sup- port of the uncompromised excellence of our athletics program and its student-athletes. Sincerely, Dirk P. Katstra Executive Director passionate, generous and willing donor base of the Virginia Athletics Foundation. Thanks for making my experience as a student-athlete unforgettable!" "As a student-athlete at this great institution, I am very aware of the fact that so much of what I do is made possible by the very HAPPENINGS AT THE VAF ... JANUARY-APRIL 2012 EVENTS ◆ The VAF Spring Social Tour is underway and our staff is travelling around the country with many athlet- ics representatives including head and assistant coaches Mike London, Tony Bennett, Shawn Moore and Anthony Poindexter; athletics director Craig Littlepage; former student-athletes Herman Moore, Chris Canty and Chris Long; and current student-athletes representing many of our teams (see Rachel Clark's Roanoke Social speech in this issue). ◆ The 1952 and 1972 men's lacrosse national cham- pionship teams returned on March 24 to reunite with teammates, celebrate their respective championships and receive a well-deserved, on-field recognition during the Johns Hopkins versus Virginia game. ◆ The 1972 baseball ACC championship team reunion was held on April 14, highlighted by a passionate and excited return of 20 former teammates. ◆ The VAF welcomed 100 former student-athletes and fans to meet new director of track and field/cross country, Brian Fetzer, during the ACC Track and Field Champion- ships on April 21. It was a perfect day to showcase the newly renovated track and bring together track and field enthusiasts. ◆ Student-athletes were recognized for their accom- plishments at the All-Sports Banquet held on May 2. MVPs were announced and the VAF Endowed Schol- arship recipients for the 2012-13 academic year were named (these will be listed in the next issue). THANK-A-THONS On a weekly basis throughout the spring months, teams of student-athletes take over the VAF offices to spend an evening placing phones calls or writing notes to thank donors for their support and for the opportuni- ties made possible by their gifts to the Virginia Athletics Foundation. "Behind all great teams are a band of supporters — there through the good and bad, the ups and downs. There is no better feeling than sharing our "Thank you so much for your continued support of Virginia athletics, which has given me and countless other athletes the opportunity to ARI DIMAS, MEN'S SOCCER glory with them. Thank you!" MATT NELSON, WRESTLING study at such a prestigious institution." MORGAN BLAIR, VOLLEYBALL JUNE 2012 ◆ 3

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