@GW_AD Reflects on 2016
Patrick Nero Pens Letter to GW Faithful
From all of us at GW Athletics, I’d like to wish a healthy and prosperous new year to you. This is a good time for reflection on where we’ve been in 2016 as we look forward to 2017 hopefully being the best year yet.
Last semester was a demanding one for our department. If it weren’t for your support, we wouldn’t be so well positioned to continue to provide our approximately 500 student-athletes in 27 varsity sports with the extraordinary opportunities they have. We have student-athletes in every school at GW - in a broad range of majors - achieving excellence within their college experience, as we prepare them for a career beyond GW. That may be professionally in their sport or otherwise being impactful on our society and we’re very proud of that.
There will always be one constant in all that we do and that is our students-first approach. Your response to that approach has been astounding and we see that in our development numbers. Recently on ‘Giving Tuesday’ GW Athletics was the beneficiary of 15% of the university’s total number of gifts. In fact, we have seen our number of donors swell close to 50% more than what we enjoyed just four years ago. That figure is both exceptional and promising, as we simply cannot operate on the national level that we aspire to compete on without private support.
I’ve summarized some of our successes below. Please share in our excitement and pride at what has been accomplished. We wouldn’t be where we are and we can’t move forward without you.
IN THE CLASSROOM: Our department-wide GPA has set new all-time records for five consecutive semesters and easily outpaces the A-10 and other DC metro area schools, while also surpassing the Ivy League and topping the university average. Moreover, we are bringing student-athletes to GW with a high school GPA just shy of 3.7 on average, placing us in the 94th percentile nationally. Not only are we attracting the brightest minds and seeing our student-athletes thrive in the classroom, but our graduation rate exceeds the rate of our general student body.
IN COMPETITION: We celebrated 11 different teams that have won championships in their respective sports in the last five years, with 15 Coach of the Year honors accumulated. At the same time, several other programs have enjoyed all-time best campaigns, most recently men’s cross country who earned a regional ranking this semester for the first time in program history, and men’s water polo who posted its best-ever finish at their conference tournament.
IN THE COMMUNITY: Our student-athletes and staff are wholly committed to supporting those who support us. We recently finished sixth in a nationwide competition amongst all NCAA athletic departments in a community service challenge. These efforts extend far beyond GW as well, with our more than 60 international student-athletes representing in excess of 30 different countries also bettering their communities at home.
Director of Athletics and Recreation