GW Sailing Launches 'Raise High the Sails' Fundraising Campaign
Second-Year Varsity Program Aims to Replace Fleet to Enhance Student-Athlete Experience, Competitiveness
Sept. 26, 2013
WASHINGTON - George Washington sailing has launched the 'Raise High the Sails' fundraising campaign in an effort to accomplish its goal of becoming one of the top Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) programs in the nation.
"It's remarkable what GW sailing has accomplished over the past few years," said second-year Head Coach John Pearce. "The dedication and drive of numerous club sailors helped the program achieve varsity status, and the commitment of our current student-athletes and Athletics Department has created a team culture and the desire to be among the best teams in the country. Almost everything is in place to make GW a power in collegiate sailing, and philanthropic support is the final piece."
The 'Raise High the Sails' campaign aims to replace and build an 18-boat fleet for GW sailing, which would:
1 - Give current student-athletes the best opportunity to be successful in training and competition;
2 - Provide Coach Pearce an advantage in recruiting top scholastic sailors to the program;
3 - Allow the program to host regattas to raise the team's regional and national profile.
Nearly a third of the fundraising target is already committed thanks to generous contributions from both the Juniper Foundation and GW alumnus Wayne R. Glaubinger '80.
"We thank the Juniper Foundation and Wayne Glaubinger for answering the call to help our sailing student-athletes become the best they can be," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "As stated in our Strategic Plan, our primary athletic goal is compete with the best locally, regionally and nationally. It will take continued generous support to provide Coach Pearce and his committed student-athletes with the necessary equipment and resources for GW sailing to compete with the best."
For more information or to make a gift to the 'Raise High the Sails' campaign, please contact Assistant Director of Athletics Development M.G. Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-994-8412, or visit go.gwu.edu/give2sailing.
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