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Recreational Club Teams Added to ‘Game on for Giving’ Campaign

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The eighth-annual Plattsburgh College Foundation Game on for Giving campaign to benefit SUNY Plattsburgh Cardinal athletics begins Wednesday, Feb. 7 and runs through Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

This year features two separate competitions — one for Cardinal athletics teams and another for all recreational sports teams — both vying for donor support and the chance to win cash prizes.

Mary Krakowski has put up this year’s $5,000 Cardinal athletics challenge gift in memory of Gary Butler ’64, a Cardinal baseball player and lifelong supporter who died March 25, 2020. Prize money from the $5,000 gift will be awarded as follows:

  • $2,500 to the team with the most alumni donors
  • $1,000 to the team with the second most alumni donors
  • $1,000 to the team with the most overall donors
  • $500 to the team with the highest percentage increase in alumni donors over last year’s Game on for Giving campaign.

For the first-ever recreational sports competition, an anonymous donor has pledged a $1,000 challenge gift for the top three club teams that garner the most donor participation.

Paula Bachman, director of annual giving, encouraged everyone to get in the game “by making a donation to the Plattsburgh College Foundation and designating their gift to their favorite Cardinal team(s).”

"Donor support through Game On competition prioritizes success for all student-athletes and recreation participants and helps elevate the visibility and reputation of Cardinal athletics,” Bachman said. “Your investments will help provide the resources to train, recruit and compete at the highest levels,” Bachman said. “When our athletes and recreational sports programs are healthy and vibrant, our entire Cardinal community benefits.”

Mike Howard, director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation, agreed.

“Donor support provides resources that allow our teams to remain competitive and participate in well-rounded experiences,” he said. “We are so thankful to Mary Krakowski, our anonymous donor and to the entire Cardinal community that motivates our teams and clubs with their participation in Game on for Giving 2024.”

Bachman said that in addition to giving to any of the 18 Cardinal varsity teams or 13 recreational club teams, donors may designate gifts to the fitness center, athletic communications or the Cardinal athletics general fund, the latter of which benefits all varsity teams.

“They may also choose to divide their support among multiple recipients,” she said.

Fans can learn more about Game on for Giving, make a gift and find out where each team stands in the competitions by visiting www.plattsburgh.edu/gameon. Gifts can be made from Wednesday, Feb. 7 through Tuesday, Feb. 14.

For more information, contact the Plattsburgh College Foundation at 518-564-2090 or email [email protected].

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