Back the Bucs Athletics Challenge

This campaign ended on November 08, 2017, but you can still make a gift to Southwestern University by clicking here!

Thanks to everyone who participated by supporting our Southwestern scholar-athletes with a gift or a share. We couldn't do it without the support of our loyal Pirate parents, fans, players, coaches and staff, faculty, alumni and the entire Pirate Athletics community. 

If you haven't given yet, we invite you to make your gift before midnight and help us finish off the team matching opportunities to the left.

Calling all Southwestern athletes, alumni, parents, coaches, faculty/staff and friends of Pirate Athletics! It’s time to rally together to support our Pirate student-athletes. During the week of Nov. 1-7 anyone can make a gift of any size to help us reach our goal of 300 donors!

You can support the Pirate Fund (general athletics support) or give directly to your favorite team (or teams). We also encourage gifts toward the softball field light campaign, an urgent need for Pirate Softball players. The campaign goal is to raise $75,000 by 12/31/17 in order to have the lights installed in time for the spring 2018 season. Click here for more details on the softball light campaign.


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Below are funding priorities for each team and to help give you an idea where money to each fund could be used.

Baseball - The Baseball team is in need of team bats, field nets, a Hack Attack pitching machine and money for team meals on the road. In addition, with the installation of new sprinkler system and entirely new playing surface, an infield groomer capable of maintaining this huge investment will be a priority.

Women’s Basketball - The Women’s Basketball program is looking to purchase a new set of travel wear for the team. 

Men’s Basketball - The Men’s Basketball Team is seeking support for a trip to Portland, OR next year to play against new competition and see another part of the country.

Men’s & Women’s Cross Country & Track - The Cross Country and Track & Field program is looking to purchase equipment, including a lap counter, that will allow them to host a Conference Championship in the future. 

Football - The Pirate Football team is racing towards a strong finish in their new conference and they are looking for your help with travel and equipment costs.

Men’s and Women’s Golf - Looking forward to the spring, the Men’s & Women’s Golf program seeks your support to purchase rain suits for all players, for those rounds with less than pleasant weather. They also need support for general travel and equipment. 

Men’s Lacrosse - The Men's Lacrosse team needs funds to cover the costs for additional team travel and meals, new jerseys, as well as new fencing that would help both the soccer and lacrosse team practices and new lighting on the lower fields.

Women’s Lacrosse - The Women’s Lacrosse team, along with the other Women’s athletic teams needs funding for locker room updates, as well as for covered areas on the field for both team benches and the scoring table

Men’s Soccer - The Men’s soccer team needs help to fund their reserve team, which helped bring in 23 new students this year. They also need additional support for conference championship travel and for their trip to Colorado.

Women’s Soccer - Women’s Soccer is need of new running shoes for the team as well as an extra set of uniforms and cold weather jackets.

Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving - The Swimming and Diving team is wanting to get new starting blocks, lane lines, flags, and financial assistance for the athletes attending their Florida trip. 

Men’s & Women’s Tennis - The Tennis team is looking to make some major upgrades with replacing windscreens, online streaming of matches through Playsight, new lighting, and scoreboard in addition to new ball hoppers. The team is also looking for money to cover travel expenses for tournaments. 

Volleyball - With NCAA regionals and nationals on the horizon, the Volleyball team is looking for supports for tournament travel costs to attend as well as hosting our own. There is also always a need to replace balls, bags, and more each season.

About the Pirate Fund:
The Pirate Fund, started almost 20 years ago, recognizes the need to lower the costs that aren’t filled by institutional budgets and invites support from Pirate alumni and fans. All gifts, large and small, collectively help keep Southwestern competitive, particularly with regard to our athletic facilities. This is important not only for the actual contests but is critical in our recruitment of outstanding student-athletes.

Team Leaderboard

Pirate Fund for Athletics 46$1,125
Cross Country 45$4,280
Women's Basketball 11$1,187
Softball Lights Fund 9$430

Donor affiliations

41% Alumni

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8% Students

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25% Parents

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7% Faculty/Staff

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11% Friends

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Donor list

Taylor Adams
Javier Rodriguez
Jamie Nettles & Irv Nettles
Stephen J. Hamilton MD
Susana Contreras
William Terry Glover
Daryl M Allen
Alejandro & Tatiana Quetzeri
Glenn Gillen
Wesley B Willis & Erin E Willis
Bill Losak
Melissa Wayland
John Quinius
Santos and Mary Torres
John Lewis
Julie Hoyt Savasky
John Lewis
Greg and Joelle Luckock
Sally Lay Thomas Bowen photoSally Lay Thomas Bowen
Laura Painchaud
Charles and Ann Pratt
Michael and Sheila Dauth
Sara Sultz
A'ndrea Fisher & Reid
Jeanette and Tom Curtis
Heather Jensen
Eric S Moseley
Lulu Gilpin
Suzy Prucka photoSuzy Prucka
Tom Snoddy
Michael Peck
Barbara Kana
Kathy & Charles Osgood
Jessica Bolton photoJessica Bolton
Deborah L Brown
Ed Lesnick & Lesley Hogan

Allison Schmitt photoAllison Schmitt matched $40
Andrew Diehl photoAndrew Diehl matched $50
Jack T Parker photoJack T Parker matched $50
Allison Stubbs photoAllison Stubbs matched $50
Matthew Grosso photoMatthew Grosso matched $50
John Lewis photoJohn Lewis matched $75
John Lewis photoJohn Lewis matched $75
John Lewis matched $100
Sara McCutchen photoSara McCutchen matched $100
John Lewis photoJohn Lewis matched $100
Kent Sholars matched $100
John Lewis matched $250
Suzanne Berlanga matched $300
An Anonymous Donor matched $500
Karen Hanson-Flowers photoKaren Hanson-Flowers matched $500
Diane Albin photoKen & Diane Albin matched $500
An Anonymous Donor matched $500
Mary Mayes Edwards matched $1,200
An Anonymous Donor matched $2,000
An Anonymous Donor matched $10,000
Dr. Glada Munt photoDr. Glada Munt gave $100 because 50 donors made a gift in 7 days.

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