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GW Athletics Rings In 2015 With Inaugural Buff & Blue Fund Challenge

Jan. 5, 2015

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As GW men's basketball began A-10 conference play on Saturday, Jan. 3, the Department of Athletics and Recreation tipped-off the New Year with the first-ever Buff & Blue Fund Challenge.

Class of 1994 alumnus and GW Athletics Advisory Council member Gil Cisneros is challenging alumni and friends of GW Athletics to join him in making history by supporting GW student-athletes. Through the end of the 2014-15 basketball season, Cisneros will donate $10,000 to GW Athletics for every 100 donors to the Buff & Blue Fund.

"Going to basketball games and other GW athletic events was a big part of my college life," Cisneros recalled. "We had a number of successful athletic programs during my time on campus and it was great to see the alumni and university community rally around them."

The challenge began in front of close to 100 alumni and fans at the pre-game reception prior to the game at Saint Joseph's on Saturday, one of at least 13 such events this season. The men's basketball team downed the Hawks on national television in the A-10 opener, while the GW women's basketball team ended Dayton's longest-in-the-nation home winning streak at 31 with a nationally televised Colonials' win the following day.

With road wins in both teams' A-10 openers, the Colonials are enjoying a home court advantage everywhere thanks to the support of Buff & Blue Fund donors. Cisneros hopes that this challenge will help take GW Athletics to the next level and encourages others to make a gift to the Buff & Blue Fund in support of GW student-athletes.

"Gil's generosity is matched only by the drive of our more than 450 student-athletes and 27 varsity teams who strive daily to become champions in the classroom, in the community, and in competition," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "His gift should inspire others to support the Buff & Blue Fund, as it will have a tremendous impact on helping us provide all of our student-athletes with every resource and opportunity to succeed at the highest levels."

The Buff & Blue Fund Challenge is part of Making History: The Campaign for GW, the university's comprehensive and ambitious billion-dollar philanthropic campaign. The Department of Athletics and Recreation plays a pivotal role in university-wide Campaign efforts and is geared toward mirroring the overall excellence of GW.

For up-to-date challenge progress or to make a gift online, visit