Purple Knight Challenge 2022

178% of 1,000 Donor goal
This campaign ended on October 24, 2022, but you can still make a gift to Saint Michael's College by clicking here!


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An Anonymous DonorKen Speicher matched $25

Annie Rosello photoAnnie Rosello matched $200

An Anonymous DonorChristopher C Canterbury & Michaela matched $250

An Anonymous DonorAnonymous matched $500

An Anonymous DonorGeorge M Bowen & Janet matched $500

An Anonymous DonorChristopher Donovan matched $500

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $500

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $2,000

An Anonymous DonorMartha Fenton & John Fenton matched $2,500

Steve & Tess Murphy photoSteve & Tess Murphy matched $2,500

An Anonymous DonorAnonymous matched $2,500

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $60,000
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An Anonymous DonorNathaniel Young gave $500

Jim Neidlinger photoJim Neidlinger gave $500

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor gave $4,000

An Anonymous DonorThomas Kelley gave $15,000

An Anonymous DonorA Trustee gave $20,000

Dear Purple Knights,

Greetings from Saint Michael’s! Fall has arrived in full color and campus is buzzing with the excitement that a new school year brings. Our students are deep into their academic pursuits and taking advantage of the many opportunities and activities available on and off campus. This is a very busy time of year for the Department of Athletics – all 21 varsity programs and 450+ student-athletes are in motion, either in season or preparing for their respective seasons.

This year marks the sixth Purple Knight Challenge, our biggest annual athletics fundraiser. We have had tremendous success over the past five years, raising over a half a million dollars for Saint Michael’s athletics! To build upon that momentum, we have an exciting challenge this year: if 1000 donors give to the PK Challenge, a Saint Michael’s Trustee will give $20,000! Help us unlock these funds with a gift of your own today.

Your support is critically important and makes a real difference in the experiences of our student-athletes. Like the generations of Purple Knights who came before them, our student-athletes are shining examples of Saint Michael’s, proudly representing our College in competition, in the community, and in the classroom – where, for the fourth time in our history, we reign as the nation’s leader in NCAA Division II Academic Success Rate!

I hope you will join me in making a gift to the PK Challenge today. As someone who has enjoyed the great privilege of being part of our College’s athletics program for many years, I can’t think of a better way to honor the legacy of those Purple Knights who came before – and those who will represent Saint Michael’s varsity teams long into the future!

Best wishes to you and go Knights!

Chris Kenny '86 M’98, P'18
Director of Athletics

Thank You, Purple Knights!

Dear Purple Knight Family,

It is with heartfelt enthusiasm that I say thank you for your tremendous support of our 21 varsity teams through the PK Challenge. Together, 1,787 donors raised $298,923 for our programs – an amazing display of generosity for the 450+ student-athletes who balance academics and athletics to enhance their Saint Michael’s experience. They not only make the College proud, but they bring joy and camaraderie to the local community and with their teammates, classmates, and friends.

Please keep in touch with us – follow us on our website and social media, catch our games on NE10 Now via the NSN Sports Network, or come see us live, either here at Saint Michael’s or at an opponent’s campus near you. Our website is the best place for all the latest news from our Purple Knights!

On behalf of our coaches and staff, and especially our 450+ student-athletes, thank you so much for playing such an important role on our team. Our success would not be possible without MVPs like you!

All the best,

Chris Kenny '86 M'98, P'18
Director of Athletics

147 days ago by Ashley Freccia
12 Hours Left to Unlock $60,000 for PK Athletics!

Dear Purple Knights,

This is it – today is the final day of the PK Challenge!

To build upon the incredible momentum we have seen over the past week, we have another exciting challenge. From now until 11:59 pm EST, October 24, an anonymous donor will match all gifts dollar-for-dollar, up to $60,000. 

What does this mean? All gifts to PK Athletics (to any team/designation) will automatically be doubled; it’s that simple.

We hope you’ll continue to share the campaign with alumni, families and friends to help us finish strong.

Go Knights!

148 days ago by Ashley Freccia
100 donors away from our goal!

Dear Purple Knights,

Thanks to all of you, we hit the 900-donor mark and have already raised over $100,000 for our student-athletes and programs.

We hope you’ll continue to share the campaign with alumni, families and friends and help us reach our goal of 1,000 donors by Monday.

Thank you!

150 days ago by Ashley Freccia
We're halfway there!

Dear Purple Knights,

Thank you so much for supporting our student-athletes and programs. Together we have raised more than $62,000 for our 21 varsity teams.

Let’s keep the momentum going! Please share the campaign with fellow alumni, family and friends and encourage them to join you in making a gift.

Can you help us reach the 1,000 donor mark and unlock $20,000 before next Monday?

Thank you!

151 days ago by Ashley Freccia

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matched a total of $2,500