2021 Athletics

1,076
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143% of 750 Donor goal
$184,774
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Adam Frye photoAdam Frye matched $190

Traci Barrett  photoTraci Barrett matched $600

An Anonymous DonorπŸ’› 🍻 Cheers, Lutes! Happy Hour Scholarship Match 🍻 πŸ’› matched $10,000

An Anonymous DonorπŸ’› SociaLutes Shoutout 🀳 Scholarship Match πŸ’› matched $10,000

An Anonymous DonorπŸ’› Alumni πŸ™Œ Participation Is Powerful πŸ™Œ Scholarship Match πŸ’› matched $18,900

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An Anonymous DonorπŸ’› Early Scholarship Match πŸ’› matched $25,000

An Anonymous DonorπŸ’› Lutes Coming Together 🌎🌍🌏 Scholarship Match πŸ’› matched $25,000

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Gifts to 2021 Athletics contribute to:
PLU Bjug Day of Giving 2021
2,046 Donors - $1,120,018 Donated
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⏩ Lutes Lead the Way β©


Your gift will help PLU Athletics reach 750 donors+ coming together to invest $125,000+ this Bjug Day! 

It's going to take a team — and that includes YOU! 

PLU’s student-athletes and people like you who invest in them understand what it means to be part of a team. Student-athletes are learning how to build on their teammates’ strengths, learn from failure and achieve collective goals. They also understand the importance of pulling a team together and leading them to victory. Lutes are showcasing these skills both in and out of the classroom, both on and off the playing field. 

Your support does more than fund new uniforms, equipment and team travel. It helps empower student-athletes to continue leading lives of impact!

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πŸŽ₯ A special thank you for your amazing support this Bjug Day! πŸ’›


Hear a special thank you from PLU students, staff and alumni for your amazing support this Bjug Day. This has been the biggest hearted Bjug Day to date and it would not have been possible without you! Thank you for coming together and giving to what you love! Go Lutes!

39 days ago by Teddy Wingo
πŸ’› Thank you, Lutes, for an amazing Bjug Day! πŸ’›

You made this the biggest hearted Bjug Day yet! Thank you for coming together and giving to what you love! Stay tuned for more updates to come.

Note: Final numbers may shift a bit as we process gifts postmarked by Oct. 20. 

44 days ago by Andrea Michelbach
☎️ Calling all Lutes! ☎️


Calling all Lutes! Right now is your last chance to be a part of Bjug Day!

Make a gift of any size to anything you love before 11:59 pm PDT and you’ll be part of the biggest hearted day of the year for PLU and PLU students!

Will you answer the call and give to what you love?!

45 days ago by Teddy Wingo
πŸ’› Every Lute Counts! πŸ’›


Know 353 Lutes who still need to participate? OK, bit of a stretch... know 1 or 2? Now's the time to reach out! We are closing in on 2,021+ and every Lute counts! Call or text the Lutes you know and ask if they have given to what they Love this Bjug Day!

45 days ago by Teddy Wingo
🌎 Where do you know a Lute? 🌎


Lutes are giving to what they love all across the country. Let’s see if we can get this map filled in before Bjug Day comes to a close at midnight! πŸ•› 

Do you know a Lute in Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Vermont or West Virginia? Give them a call and invite them to give to what they love! πŸ’›

45 days ago by Teddy Wingo
🚡 Support PLU Club Sports and Outdoor Recreation πŸ†

M. Club Ultimate- Your gift will allow us to provide unique, meaningful travel experiences.  In the past we have been able to utilize churches to stay for tournaments.  Unfortunately, this year due to the pandemic that will not be the case.  Your gift will help cover the cost for hotel rooms so we will be able to travel and participate in ultimate tournaments. 

W. Club Ultimate- Your gift will allow us to provide unique, meaningful travel experiences.  In the past we have been able to utilize churches to stay for tournaments.  Unfortunately, this year due to the pandemic that will not be the case.  Your gift will help cover the cost for hotel rooms so we will be able to travel and participate in ultimate tournaments. 

W. Club Lacrosse- Your gift will provide an opportunity for student-athletes to play lacrosse at PLU.  Your gift will allow the team to purchase additional lacrosse sticks for potential new members to use.

M. Club Lacrosse- Your gift will provide an opportunity for student-athletes to play lacrosse at PLU that could otherwise not afford the expensive protective equipment to play. Each year new players start playing lacrosse for the first time and will spend on average $500+ for equipment alone. By providing protective equipment, it allows the sport of lacrosse to be accessible to ALL students. 

Club Wrestling – This year the club was not able to gain funding from the university.  Any funds gifted will help with all team operations. 

Outdoor Rec- All gifts will help costs for more tents to use during our overnight hikes.  We want to purchase more single person tents so Lutes feel safe and comfortable when they come explore with us.

Intramural Sports β€“ Your gift will help cover the cost of new intramural indoor soccer goals and innertube water polo goals.

46 days ago by Andrea Michelbach
"Why we're matching gifts to the Internship Fund this Bjug Day"

Jim (’78) Fredricksen shares why he and his wife Jane Fredricksen are offering a dollar-for-dollar match for gifts to the Internship Fund this Bjug Day:

β€œMy motivation for helping students at PLU probably started when attending PLU. Professors and administrators helped write references and made connections leading to part-time jobs in areas that I was actually interested in pursuing. They cared about and showed an interest in me. I’ve always thought I was lucky to have had their support. 

"After graduation Jane and I, plus our close circle of friends, had a chance to get to know Mr. Bill Crooks, a professor in the School of Business, and his dear wife Bobbe. They took an interest in us, as Lute grads, golfers, friends and were always interested in our careers.  We also saw how they interacted with students, developed a network with the local business community, and spent hours supporting the youth of the greater Tacoma area. What super role models and friends they were!

"After spending time with the PLU’s Business Advisory Board, plus engaging with students as a mentor, it seemed pretty clear that securing meaningful internships prior to graduation continued to be a priority. Unfortunately, not all internships are paid affairs. We came up with a plan to create a fund that could assist a wide range of students as they were beginning internships in areas that they really wanted to explore. This seemed like an immediate need that needed attention

"Last spring we were able to help over 20 students who needed a variety of assistance (tech support, transportation assistance, living expenses, etc.). The fun part was enabling the students to select the internship that they wanted, and hope that their experience was altogether more positive. Hopefully the short- and long-term feedback from these students will parallel the positive experience I’ve had in being part of the PLU community through the years.  Go Lutes."  

47 days ago by Teddy Wingo
πŸ“šYour donation allows student-athletes to be students and athletesπŸ†


Our student-athletes have very full plates, and no, I am not referring to the hearty meals consumed at the campus commons. The average daily routine for a PLU sport team member includes early morning weights, breakfast on the go, class, class, lunch on the go, and more class. Then it’s lab and or study group meetings, training room visits, practice, film study, dinner and homework. By the time night falls, PLU student-athletes are pressed to get a full 8 hours of sleep. Now, don’t get me wrong...this is THE LIFE. Your donations allow our student-athletes to focus on their individual β€œfull plates” without the stress associated with funding their experience. Please consider giving to the sport program of your choice.

47 days ago by Teddy Wingo
πŸ† Hear how your gifts can impact PLU Athletics this Bjug Day! πŸ†

Some PLU student athletes share how your gifts this Bjug Day can help support their teams! 

47 days ago by Teddy Wingo
πŸ’› Support PLU's 450+ student athletes this Bjug Day πŸ’›

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The support of our 450+ Lute student-athletes takes investment from various sources.  Your commitment to PLU Athletics, this year, will allow us to provide robust student-athlete programming that will help in the progression of athletic and academic success.  Furthermore, this year we intend to increase our investment in our athletic facilities.  This very important work will allow us to host competitions in a safe environment and provide the physical space to allow our student-athletes to perform at the highest level.  

Thank you for giving to what you love.  Thank you for giving to PLU Athletics!

50 days ago by Teddy Wingo
πŸ“£ Share what you love about PLU! πŸ“£

This Bjug Day we’re asking you and other Lutes around the world to share what you love about PLU

Here are just some of the amazing responses we’ve received, so far! Just complete this short survey to share your message — photos and videos welcome! 

β€œI went to PLU to become a Nurse. The Nursing Program was hard but wonderful! When at college, I worked 12 hours/week in the Computer Center as part of my financial aid package. At that time it was located in the basement of the library. My future husband, Damon Wright worked as a Programmer/Analyst in the Center. We met, fell in love, and were married a year later. We just celebrated our 48th anniversary! I am grateful for PLU’s undergraduate program, and the fact that the Lord brought my husband and I together there. πŸ₯°β€ — Karen Wright ’76

β€œI don't have a student experience from which to draw so I am β€˜late to the table’ in that regard. However, as arts enthusiasts my husband and I are most impressed with PLU's music, theatre and lecture programs and appreciate them being open to the community and enriching our lives. Thank you!” —Linda Yates, Friend of PLU

β€œAs a non-traditional student that came into PLU, the staff, students, and other members were more than welcoming. I was terrified to go back to school with the fear of being older than my peers and working multiple jobs potentially hindering my success. But everyone at PLU cheered me on, became my peers, and helped me successfully become who I am today.” — Emily Stoen ’19

πŸ“£ Share your PLU story or what you love about PLU with us today! πŸ“£

50 days ago by Teddy Wingo
Want to get swag? πŸ’›πŸ§” Sign up to volunteer by Oct. 3 β˜‘οΈ

You only have a few DAYS LEFT to get special Bjug Day swag. Just sign up as a SociaLute social media volunteer by Oct. 3.

 

When you sign up by Oct. 3, you’ll get your own paper PLU heart πŸ’›, Bjug beard πŸ§”, and special bonus surprise ✨ mailed to you — all in time for Bjug Day on Oct. 19-20. 

After you sign up, all you have to do is stay tuned. We’ll connect you with all the support you need to help make this the best Bjug Day yet — for you and for PLU! 

πŸ’› Sign me up! πŸ’›

64 days ago by Andrea Michelbach
About Bjug Day

PLU's annual Bjug Day of Giving is a joyful πŸŽ‰ and big-hearted tradition πŸ’› named after PLU's bearded founder, the Rev. Bjug Harstad. πŸ§”

During Bjug Day, people across the world come together to celebrate πŸ‘ and invest 🌱in what they love through PLU. πŸ’› 

We do this because we know that students and alumni with a PLU education are leaders helping to make their communities 🀝 and the earth 🌎 a better place for everyone, including each of us. 

64 days ago by Andrea Michelbach

πŸ’› Where Lutes Are Giving πŸ’›
AreaDonors$ Raised
Softball Team287$50,715
Volleyball Team - Women150$13,909
Baseball Team114$23,051
Rowing Team - Women106$12,460
Basketball Team - Men77$12,461
Lute Club Athletics Fund71$15,359
Basketball Team - Women61$6,210
Soccer Team - Men56$8,445
Track and Field Team54$8,846
Swimming Team30$5,043
Football Team30$3,874
Cross Country Team26$7,408
Golf Team - Women17$3,296
Golf Team - Men17$2,513
Tennis Team - Women10$1,241
Soccer Team - Women10$2,282
Tennis Team - Men9$2,735
Rowing Team - Men7$1,540
Outdoor Recreation4$175
Ultimate Frisbee - Women3$195
Lacrosse Team - Women2$200
Ultimate Frisbee - Men2$45
Lacrosse Team - Men2$1,300
Intramurals1$500
Wrestling Team0$0
Class Year LeaderboardThe Class Year Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students, Parents
AffiliationDonors$ Raised
20341$150
20263$220
202555$6,794
202459$8,887
202361$10,888
202258$34,053
202119$4,984
202010$397
20197$383
20189$1,846
20179$845
20164$675
20158$997
20145$326
20135$575
20121$200
20113$226
20103$400
20094$450
20083$146
20072$520
20066$1,175
20053$170
20041$30
20034$1,250
20025$726
20011$100
20001$100
19993$420
19972$300
19964$161
19952$100
19943$261
19931$100
19923$582
19915$2,055
19904$2,700
19895$1,681
19883$1,721
19874$250
19865$1,426
19845$800
19832$1,000
19825$1,500
19814$700
19802$150
19791$1,000
19772$100
19763$425
19751$600
19744$590
19732$300
19721$1,000
19711$100
19702$220
19693$8,000
19683$800
19651$500
19601$100
19591$200
19571$100
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