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George Washington Athletics and Recreation Launches Buff & Blue Fund

July 23, 2012

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington Department of Athletics and Recreation has announced the public launch of the Buff & Blue Fund, the first-ever Athletics Annual Fund at the George Washington University. The Buff & Blue Fund is designed to support 450 student-athletes and advance the intercollegiate athletics program at GW by providing student-athletes the resources to achieve academic, personal and athletic excellence through philanthropic fundraising efforts.

As GW's Raise High The Buff and Blue Strategic Plan announced in February 2012, fundraising is an integral role in all facets of the university, while athletics development is a critical funding and revenue source within the majority of successful Division I intercollegiate athletic programs. The establishment of the office of GW Athletics Development was directed to increase current athletic fundraising totals by approximately 500 percent over the next five years.

The Buff & Blue Fund is devoted solely to raising funds and awareness for GW's Department of Athletics and Recreation. Investments in the Buff & Blue Fund will be put to use to support GW Athletics, its coaches, student-athletes and support staff. Programming including the GW Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, student-athlete educational support services and career and life-skills development will be funded through the Buff & Blue Fund. Additionally, Fund resources will be provided to further transform facilities and enhance team travel capabilities, including funding for foreign tours, while ensuring that the university can continue to recruit and retain the best and the brightest student-athletes to represent the Colonials.

The George Washington Department of Athletics and Recreation is committed and poised to strengthen its position in intercollegiate athletics and an investment of resources and continued fan support are required to reach those goals. Likewise, GW continues to work on improving fan and donor experiences, including the environment within hospitality areas at men's and women's basketball games at the Charles E. Smith Center. The Buff & Blue Fund will truly provide a personal, meaningful, social and charitable way for our donors to support our programs while interacting with other donors as well as coaches, staff and student-athletes.

The Buff & Blue Fund will support all of GW's 23 varsity teams and will allow supporters to see their donations come to life to fund champions in the classroom, in the community and in competition.

For more information on the Buff & Blue Fund, please visit or contact the Buff & Blue Fund at 202-994-8412.