2024 Athletics Day of Giving

677
Donors
84% of 800 Donor goal
$277,428
Donated
This campaign ended on February 15, 2024, but you can still make a gift to Hanover College by clicking here!
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An Anonymous DonorChristopher and Janelle Tookey matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $2,000

An Anonymous DonorCoaches Preocanin and Stormer with Mark '89 and Marla Kohler Whittenburg '90 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $2,000Just for Women's Volleyball

An Anonymous DonorBryan Ruder matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $10,000Just for Women's Soccer

An Anonymous DonorWes and Mary Burch Ratliff matched $100 for each donor, donating a total of $10,000

An Anonymous DonorSalvador Sedita, grandfather of Owen Parker ’25 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $10,000Just for Men's Lacrosse

An Anonymous DonorMichael Miller ’99 and Kristin Lill Miller ’98 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $10,000Just for Men's Basketball

An Anonymous DonorDan ’86 and Karin Abrell matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $20,000

An Anonymous DonorScott ’77 and Pam Pearson matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $20,000Just for Football
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An Anonymous DonorRich Blaiklock ’90 and Mindy Pflum Blaiklock ’91, Wiley Kite ’90, Rick Patberg ’90, Ron Patberg ’90, and Chris Stark ’91 gave $25,000 because 500 donors gave
About

Hanover College Athletics

For over a century, Hanover students have been bringing their fire to the field since our first football game in 1886. Today, our athletics program is a powerhouse, boasting over 480 student-athletes who go all in on 20 varsity sports in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Hanover College has a strong athletic program that has made a mark in the last few years showing impressive commitment to both the sports and to our college. The dedication of the students to their sport is nothing short of remarkable. Over half of the incoming first-year class and almost 50% of all students annually participate in varsity athletics, understanding that competition, sportsmanship, and teamwork are invaluable skills that will help them thrive personally and professionally.

Furthermore, athletics at Hanover College are not only for the student-athletes. The entire campus shares in the sense of pride and belonging instilled by the program. Athletic participation cultivates respect, fairness, civility, honesty, integrity, and responsibility, values that contribute to the distinct Hanover experience.

Despite the college's efforts, its budget cannot keep up with the ever-increasing costs of team travel, food, officials, equipment, and the hiring of assistant coaches and interns, all of which are vital to the teams' success. Hanover College needs your help to continue its winning legacy and maintain a robust athletics program. We ask that you consider making a donation to the program of your choice. The coaches and student-athletes will be most grateful, and your support can make a significant impact, providing the necessary resources to ensure the continued success of the athletics program.

Additional researched-based advantages of supporting collegiate athletics and staff:

Metal Health Benefits: Across all three NCAA divisions, mental health concerns are down across nearly every category. (NCAA.org Dec. 13, 2023)

Academic Success: Division III athletes had an Academic Success Rate of 88 percent and a federal graduation rate of 70 percent, compared to 67 percent for the overall student bodies at those institutions. (Insidehighered.com Nov. 2022)

Lifelong Success: According to Gallup’s 2020 study, student-athletes are faster at graduating and more likely to hold leadership positions than their peers. Former student-athletes were also more likely to thrive in many career paths. (NCAA.org)

First Generation Opportunities: On average 15% of Division III athletes are first generation college students (NCAA.org)

Click here to join the Hanover Panther Club and make a recurring gift to support Hanover College athletes.

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Panthers Showed Up For 2nd Annual Athletics Day of Giving!!!

Wow!!! Thank you so much to our donors who supported our second Annual Athletics Day of Giving! We ended the day with 677 donors and a total of $271,282 raised for student athletes! 

The sports teams showing up on the leaderboard for most money raised included Men's Basketball at $41,105, Football at $39,033, and Baseball at $35,716. Then the same three teams showed up in reverse order for top three in donor counts with Baseball bringing in 182 donors, Football with 95 donors, and Men's Basketball with 66 donors. What a great day for PANTHERS! 

Weren't able to make your donation before 2/15?

Click here to #SupportYourSport

You can also use this link to set up recurring gifts to the sports fund of your choice. Make your gift before 2/23/2024 for your gift to be counted towards our 2nd Annual Athletics Day of Giving totals!

118 days ago by Cassey Higdon
Football Challenge - $20,000

Scott ’77 and Pam Pearson are offering a $20,000 revenue challenge for the Football team. All gifts to Football will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $20,000!

125 days ago by Cassey Higdon
The Abrell Challenge - $20,000

Dan ’86 and Karin Abrell established the Abrell Endowed Fund for Athletics in order to ensure this vital part of the student and campus experience receives the support it needs today, tomorrow, and for generations to come. Their challenge recognizes any gift to the 2024 Athletics Day of Giving campaign, up to $20,000, with a gift to their fund. 

128 days ago by Cassey Higdon
The Panther Teamwork Challenge - $25,000

Friends and classmates Rich Blaiklock ’90 and Mindy Pflum Blaiklock ’91, Wiley Kite ’90, Rick Patberg ’90, Ron Patberg ’90, and Chris Stark ’91, came together to establish the Hanover College Athletics Endowed Fund for Excellence in 2023. Their fund will support student athletes and their teams in perpetuity. Their $25,000 challenge celebrates the team effort required to make Athletics Day of Giving a success and recognizes every donor – regardless of the size of their gift – for the next 500 donors!

128 days ago by Cassey Higdon
The Panther Spirit Challenge - $10,000

Wes and Mary Burch Ratliff have made a multi-year commitment to Hanover College Cheerleading in order to invest in the student athletes who lead the campus and alumni community in cheering our Panthers on to victory. Their $10,000 challenge celebrates the spirit of graduates of the last decade and will donate $100 (to cheerleading) per donor up to $10,000. Any donation to the 2024 Athletics Day of Giving campaign is eligible.

128 days ago by Cassey Higdon
Volleyball Coaches Challenge - $2,000

Coaches Peter Preocanin and Kevin Stormer, along with Mark ’89 and Marla Kohler Whittenburg ’90, are offering a $2,000 revenue challenge for the Volleyball team. All gifts to Volleyball will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $2,000! 

128 days ago by Cassey Higdon
Women’s Soccer Challenge - $10,000

Bryan Ruder ’13 is offering a $10,000 revenue challenge for the Women’s Soccer team. All gifts to Women’s Soccer will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000! 

128 days ago by Cassey Higdon
Men’s Lacrosse Challenge - $10,000

Salvador Sedita, grandfather of Owen Parker ’25, is offering a $10,000 revenue challenge for the Men’s Lacrosse team. All gifts to Men’s Lacrosse will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000! 

128 days ago by Cassey Higdon
Men’s Basketball Challenge - $10,000

Michael Miller ’99 and Kristin Lill Miller ’98 are offering a $10,000 revenue challenge for the Men’s Basketball team. All gifts to Men’s Basketball will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000! 

128 days ago by Cassey Higdon

Team Scoreboard
TeamDonorsRaised ($)
Golf17$1,625
Men's Basketball67$41,205
Women's Basketball16$4,075
Football96$40,204
Men's Lacrosse21$15,025
Women's Lacrosse8$1,300
Cross Country16$5,020
Women's Volleyball38$8,370
Track & Field26$4,488
Swimming7$1,175
Women's Soccer59$28,559
Men's Soccer65$8,975
Cheerleading8$10,465
Baseball182$35,716
Softball21$3,200
Tennis10$725
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Gradhat icon47%Alumni
Book icon4%Students
Parent icon21%Parents
Suitcase icon5%Faculty/Staff
Friends icon25%Friends
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Rich Blaiklock ’90 and Mindy Pflum Blaiklock ’91, Wiley Kite ’90, Rick Patberg ’90, Ron Patberg ’90, and Chris Stark ’91
Gave $25,000 during a Challenge!
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generated 281 clicks and 17 gifts, totaling $14,893
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Salvador Sedita, grandfather of Owen Parker ’25
Heart icon matched a total of $10,000
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Wes and Mary Burch Ratliff
Heart icon matched a total of $10,000
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Bryan Ruder
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Michael Miller ’99 and Kristin Lill Miller ’98
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Coaches Preocanin and Stormer with Mark '89 and Marla Kohler Whittenburg '90
Heart icon matched a total of $2,000