ADOPT A GRYPHON
Adopt-A-Gryphon donations help offset the cost of training programs, travel and equipment - all areas that have a direct link to our student-athletes’ ability to reach their competitive potential. You can join the Adopt-A-Gryphon program in a variety of ways. Regardless of how you choose to make your gift, student-athletes appreciate your support.
Cash, cheques, automatic withdrawal and credit card gifts are examples of ways to support Gryphon Athletics. These outright gifts are critical, because they enable the team to apply funds where they are needed most.
The fair market value of gifts of personal property, such as merchandise, equipment, and services beneficial to the athletic program, may be credited toward your giving and benefit levels.
Planned gifts, such as bequests, insurance policies, charitable gift annuities, and real estate, enable you to support the Gryphons.
Participating in athletics enriches the university experience by building character, discipline, tenacity, teamwork and leadership-qualities needed to succeed academically, professionally and personally. Our 650 varsity athletes practice 20 to 25 hours per week, carry a full course load and must maintain the high academic standards expected of all University of Guelph students. Student-athletes often face challenges as they strive to excel in sports and school while managing educational costs because the demands on their time make it difficult to hold part-time work. Scholarships help them achieve their dreams of excellence in all aspects of the university experience and enable us to build strong alumni base who give back to our programs.
Scholarships also help the University of Guelph recruit the best and brightest athletes. In 2007, we introduced an Athletic Scholarship Program that began with 20 awards and now offers 60. To remain competitive, we must increase our award offerings by establishing a $4 million endowment that will ensure a perpetual flow of funding to support student-athletes-our future leaders. Investing in athletic awards today is an investment that will ignite learning, innovation and action among tomorrow's leaders.
NEW ATHLETICS CENTRE
Renovation of the present Mitchell Centre will include an upgrade to the present gymnasia to accommodate recreation and intramural programs. It will also provide an elite development and training centre for varsity athletes and community athletes with the potential to be national team athletes. This facility will provide testing, training and injury management services to the University of Guelph and the Guelph community.