Athletics News

GW Athletics Announces Senior Student-Athlete Gift Challenge

March 26, 2012

2012 Senior Student-Athlete Gift Challenge Tracking Website

The George Washington University Department of Athletics and Recreation announced today that in conjunction with the 2012 GW Senior Class Gift campaign, senior student-athletes have challenged their classmates throughout athletics to achieve 100 percent participation in this year's initiative.

GW Trustee Nelson Carbonell ('85) and his wife, Michele, have issued a challenge to the George Washington Class of 2012 to reach the highest ever class participation rate. The Nelson and Michele Carbonell '50 for 50' Challenge calls for at least 50 percent of the GW senior class to give to GW through the Senior Class Gift program this year, and when that number is reached the Carbonells will support the GW Power & Promise fund for scholarships and student aid with a gift of $50,000 in honor of the Class of 2012.

"Fund-raising and development are the lifeblood of colleges and universities and the athletic departments within those institutions," said Patrick Nero, director of athletics and recreation at George Washington. "At GW we are extremely fortunate to have trustees and alumni like Nelson Carbonell, who along with his wife Michele have pledged a significant amount of money to this university. To have our senior student-athletes rise to their challenge and show incredible loyalty to this world-class institution exemplifies that type of people and future leaders that the athletic department and that university as a whole seeks to cultivate."

In support of the Class of 2012's 50-percent participation goal, senior student-athletes will raise high the Buff and Blue by shooting for 100-percent participation among senior student-athletes.

Students and student-athletes can give to any part of the university - including the Colonials Athletic Fund, an athletics team, a particular student organization, school, or scholarship and financial aid program within GW. Full participation among the 2012 senior student-athletes would make significant inroads towards the Carbonells' challenge, which equates to nearly 1,130 seniors giving, half of the 2,200-plus member senior class.

The competition will be charted at, where each of GW's 23 athletic teams' participation throughout the spring through Commencement Weekend will be shown. The Senior Class Gift asks for $25 per senior, and the total giving amount from senior student-athletes will be tracked.