2021 Charge Ahead Challenge

$258,730
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258% of $100,000 goal
372
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Make a gift of $60 or more and receive a pair of Charger athletic socks!

Donate $250
Make a gift of $250 and join at the Captain level of the Dugout Club, Gridiron Club, Champions Club, Gravel Pit, Tidal Wave, or Assist Club (depending on your designation)!

Donate $500
Make a gift of $500 and join at the MVP level of the Dugout Club, Gridiron Club, Champions Club, Gravel Pit, Tidal Wave, Center Court Club, or Assist Club (depending on your designation)!

Donate $1,000
Make a gift of $1,000 and join the All-Conference level of the Dugout Club, Gridiron Club, Champions Club, Gravel Pit, Tidal Wave, Center Court Club, or Assist Club (depending on your designation)!

Donate $1,500
Make a gift of $1,500 and join at the Player of the Year level of the Dugout Club, Gridiron Club, Champions Club, Gravel Pit, Tidal Wave, Center Court Club, or Assist Club (depending on your designation)! Your gift, if made with a 10-year commitment, would also qualify for a traditional President's Club membership ($15,000 over 10 years; $1,500 per year; $125 per month. We will follow up to confirm President's Club commitment.)

Donate $2,500
Make a gift of $2,500 and join at the All American level of the Dugout Club, Gridiron Club, Champions Club, Gravel Pit, Tidal Wave, Center Court Club, or Assist Club (depending on your designation)! Your gift, if made with a 10-year commitment, would also qualify for a Bronze President's Club membership ($25,000 over 10 years; $2,500 per year; $208 per month)

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Join the 1844 Society, an alumni-only giving club, by making a monthly recurring gift of any amount ($5 or more).
About

We invite you to join us in the 2021 Charge Ahead Challenge! This campaign challenges alumni, family and friends to help maintain Hillsdale's athletic programs and facilities, and assist the teams with the important projects they need to fund beyond annual operations. 

Additionally, we are raising funds to support much-needed facility updates to the Baseball and Softball fields, as well as moving the Track facility down to the College's Hayden Park (a multi-purpose recreational property down the road from the Slayton Arboretum). All of these renovations are part of the first step in building an all-turf training facility that each team will use. These updates will raise Charger Athletics to a new level of excellence. 

Will you help Charger Athletics with this important challenge today? Your support will strengthen the Charger legacy. You will also help maintain the independence that preserves and protects the College and its mission now and in the future. 

Please hurry--this challenge ends on September 25, 2021! 


Fundraising Needs 

Track Relocation: The current Herrick Track, which is over 20 years old and has exceeded its expected lifespan, will be relocated to Hayden Park. This will allow the College to have a first-rate facility suitable for hosting large-scale meets, including national championships; provide more room for the track and adjoining areas for field events such as javelin, shot put, and discus; and eliminate scheduling and practice conflicts with other sports in the existing facility.

Baseball Relocation: The baseball field, constructed in 1964, is in need of renovations. Among the most notable improvements will be the addition of a synthetic turf field. A synthetic turf field will allow for more frequent and higher quality practice times, and offer the chance to play more home games in the challenging Michigan spring weather.

Softball Relocation: The softball field, built in 1986, will be relocated to the northeast of Simpson Field. The new location offers the stable ground needed for a quality synthetic turf field and complete stadium. These enhancements will give Hillsdale College one of the finest collegiate softball stadiums at our level.

Football: Team operating expenses such as travel, training equipment, uniforms, etc. 

Men's Basketball: Team operating expenses such as travel, training equipment, uniforms, team trip, etc. 

Women's Basketball: Team operating expenses such as travel, training equipment, uniforms, team trip, etc. 

Men's Tennis: Team operating expenses such as travel, training equipment, uniforms, team trip, etc.  

Men's Track & Field and Cross-Country: Scholarships 

Women's Track & Field and Cross-Country: Scholarships 

Women's Swimming: Starting Blocks 

Women's Tennis: Team operating expenses such as travel, training equipment, uniforms, team trip, etc. 

Baseball: Team operating expenses such as travel, training equipment, uniforms, team trip, etc.  

Softball: Team operating expenses such as travel, training equipment, uniforms, team trip, etc.  

Volleyball: Team operating expenses such as travel, training equipment, uniforms, team trip, etc. 

Men's Golf: Scholarships 


Updates
Thank you!

Wow, we are blown away by your support! Thank you to all who have contributed to the Charge Ahead Challenge so far. Let's try to make it to $120,000 by midnight tonight! 

Go Chargers!! 

25 days ago by Erica Pickvet
Charge Ahead Challenge

We weighted the team goals, so each team has a unique goal. The male and female athletic teams with the highest percent to donor goal will each receive an additional $1,000 toward their operating budget! The teams with the second highest percent to donor goal will receive $500. Each goal is outlined in the "Charge Ahead Challenge Leaderboard." 

37 days ago by Erica Pickvet

Charge Ahead Challenge Leaderboard
Team Donors$ RaisedGoal ($)%
Football121$62,553$15,000417.0
Men's Baseball89$16,518$15,000110.1
Men's Track & Field and Cross-Country22$11,533$3,000384.4
Women's Swimming11$3,715$5,00074.3
Softball3$2,850$2,000142.5
Women’s Track & Field and Cross-Country19$2,685$3,00089.5
Women's Tennis11$2,550$2,000127.5
Men's Basketball7$2,200$2,000110.0
Men's Golf12$2,145$2,000107.2
Women's Basketball8$2,025$2,000101.3
Softball Field Relocation7$1,275$15,0008.5
Volleyball2$750$2,00037.5
Men's Tennis3$310$2,00015.5
Track Relocation4$260$15,0001.7
Baseball Field Relocation0$0$15,0000.0
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