It’s been an exciting year for Spartan Athletics, with multiple teams going to NCAA tournaments and earning SoCon titles. An important part of UNCG athletic success – in the present and future – are the gifts that support student athletes and athletic facilities.
UNCG Athletics recently received three unique major gifts across three sports – Women’s Basketball, Men’s Golf and Baseball. Two of those gifts come from UNCG or Woman’s College alumni.
Women’s Basketball has received a historic gift from 1957 Woman’s College graduate and long-time Spartan Club member Jo Safrit. Safrit committed a $100,000 lead gift toward the renovation of the Women’s Basketball locker room. This is the first-ever gift to name a significant renovation or construction project for Athletics. The updated facility will be named the Jo Safrit Women’s Basketball Locker Room and is located in the Coleman Building.
“Basketball is a game changer for women as well as men, and it changed my life,” Safrit said.
Read more about Safrit, the new locker room and locker naming opportunities here.
Robert M. Saunders ’86, ’88 MBA and Nanette L. Saunders have given the largest gift in UNCG Athletics history: a $1.5 million planned gift that will create two endowed scholarships for men’s golf, the Robert M. Saunders Men’s Golf Endowed Scholarship and the Nanette L. Saunders Men’s Golf Endowed Scholarship.
“This transformational gift provides for our golf program’s future and is a significant moment during an already historic year for the Spartans,” said Director of Athletics Kim Record.
Read more about the history of Men’s Golf and the Saunders’ history with UNCG here.
UNCG Athletics has also received a $150,000 gift from the estate of Edwin C. Jennings, 3rd to create the Edwin C. Jennings, 3rd Baseball Scholarship Endowment. The endowment will support student-athletes who play the position of shortstop for the baseball team. It is the first named endowment in UNCG Athletics history that supports a specific position on a team. The gift comes at an exciting time for UNCG Baseball. The team won the Southern Conference regular season championship, had six players selected in the Major League Baseball draft, and saw players Andrew Moritz and Matt Frisbee named SoCon Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, and Link Jarrett named SoCon Coach of the Year. Read more about Edwin C. Jennings, 3rd and UNCG Baseball here.
By Susan Kirby-Smith