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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:30 pm    Post subject: Re: needs Reply with quote

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Appropriate, since yesterday was Epiphany Day.


A high school classmate posted this on Facebook:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There is a Will DuBose scholarship fund for baseball. Some former players started it to honor Will after he'd worked with baseball for a long time. Will started at DC either my sophomore or junior year ('81-'82 or '82-'83) and is still going strong.


Does anybody know the status of that scholarship fund? I certainly have no problem with honoring Will. But I want to raise a strategic question. Let's say that collectively the accretion of our small to moderate donations would add up to something noticeable, how might that best affect the number of scholarships given? Is it quite possible that if we doubled the DuBose fund or added a new fund, might baseball still wind up giving 2.5 scholarships? What might be the threshold for moving that needle?

Let's say that somehow we scrounged up $1M. Would that mean they'd still have just 2.5 scholarships, but two of them would have names instead of just one?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevelee wrote:
catnhat wrote:
There is a Will DuBose scholarship fund for baseball. Some former players started it to honor Will after he'd worked with baseball for a long time. Will started at DC either my sophomore or junior year ('81-'82 or '82-'83) and is still going strong.


Does anybody know the status of that scholarship fund? I certainly have no problem with honoring Will. But I want to raise a strategic question. Let's say that collectively the accretion of our small to moderate donations would add up to something noticeable, how might that best affect the number of scholarships given? Is it quite possible that if we doubled the DuBose fund or added a new fund, might baseball still wind up giving 2.5 scholarships? What might be the threshold for moving that needle?

Let's say that somehow we scrounged up $1M. Would that mean they'd still have just 2.5 scholarships, but two of them would have names instead of just one?


I was lucky enough to work with the scholarship during my time at Davidson. I have been gone for a while now so I cannot speak to where the numbers actually lie, but I was there to see the guys take the scholarship from an annual scholarship to an endowed scholarship, which is a huge accomplishment. Baseball has very strange rules in terms of scholarship awards due to some ways big time programs have awarded scholarships in the past. But, the endowment goal for the DuBose scholarship was to endow a quarter of a scholarship as that is the minimum award in baseball. Now that has been accomplished, the guys are looking at making a full scholarship. The endowment has been supplemented by the annual award which equates to about another quarter of a scholarship (I'm ballparking a bit here).

In essence, baseball now has about 3 scholarships to give out. If not for the guys who started and supported the DuBose scholarship, it would be 2.5 scholarships, meaning that the scholarship is additive to the budget.

It is also worth noting that while the DuBose scholarship story is a fantastic one, it is not the only nor the biggest philanthropically funded scholarship for baseball.

Again, my numbers may be slightly out of date, but the support of baseball from some of the names you have heard and some of the names you have not has been fantastic, and I believe we have seen the results begin to manifest themselves on the field.

I hope that answered your question. If not, please PM me.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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In essence, baseball now has about 3 scholarships to give out. If not for the guys who started and supported the DuBose scholarship, it would be 2.5 scholarships, meaning that the scholarship is additive to the budget.


That's exactly what i wanted to know. Thanks.

Given the low level of trust for the athletic (and sometimes otherwise) administration from people (knowledgeable and otherwise) on this board, I wanted some clarification. (Maybe I butted heads with the state legislature too often. And, yes, city, that was more than five years ago.)

So far the only money I've designated toward baseball has been current-year funding. As I readjust my charitable giving this spring, I will include the DuBose scholarship in the mix. In my mind I will be honoring not only Will, but also those players who have brought the fund to this point.

I'm basically rather stingy, so I want my charitable giving to go where I think it can have the most impact. If I think I can save a family from malaria for $10, that's my kind of charity. In a couple years I will have paid off my Vance Center pledge (well, hopefully not including the estate part), so I see that as a future opportunity for redirection, and not entirely to the DAF components, given my priorities.

I expect that this kind of information would be helpful for all of us who prefer lighting a little candle to cursing the darkness.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for all you do Steve.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So far the only money I've designated toward baseball has been current-year funding. As I readjust my charitable giving this spring, I will include the DuBose scholarship in the mix. In my mind I will be honoring not only Will, but also those players who have brought the fund to this point.


Bump, in part to remind myself, and partly to encourage others to do likewise. The current baseball winning streak should make us want to express tangibly our pride in these guys even more.

The next month will be a blur for me, from jet lag to unconsciousness. I usually pay my Vance Center pledge in May, and then apportion out odds and ends in June to finish giving for the college's fiscal year. If my mind is working, that will include the DuBose scholarship fund.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Repost for Olympic sports - Men's soccer

"Same old song and dance. Win some big games out of conference but can't get it done to sneak into conference championship. Happens every year. When will our BOT and administration realize our athletic program is in shambles. For our school, for our coaches and more importantly, for our student-athletes, when will people at the administrative level be held accountable for the athletic dumpster fire that is an embarrassment to all associated with Davidson."
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From today's email from Gavin, in case you missed it:

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$500,000 for Wrestling Scholarships: 78% of goal achieved – Deadline for completion is June 30, 2018

In the fall of 2017, we embarked on a new $250,000 matching gift challenge in support of wrestling and our new head coach, Andy Lausier. As a reminder, our challengers are making their gift to establish a scholarship in honor of Professor Emeritus Gill Holland, a longtime supporter of the program and mentor to generations of Davidson wrestlers.

The outpouring of support of this effort has been fantastic thus far. We’re excited about the future of our wrestling program under Coach Lausier’s direction, and as we continue talking with donors about supporting this effort, we’re excited by their ability to have a direct impact on the program.

$1 Million for Golf Scholarships: Completed

Over the past few years, the Davidson golf community has been working diligently to maximize an anonymous $500,000 challenge gift for golf scholarships. We’re happy to report we received several pledges and gifts toward this effort throughout 2017, and we reached the goal prior to Thanksgiving. As Head Golf Coach Tim Straub continues to lead our golf program to new heights, we hope our donors feel a strong sense of pride in knowing that many of our future golfers will be choosing Davidson, thanks to their generosity and commitment.

$1 Million endowment for Final Four Soccer Scholarship: 70% of goal achieved

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of their 1992 Final Four season in men’s soccer, several donors have made new commitments to grow the existing Final Four endowment to the $1 million level by the end of the Game Changers: Inspiring Leaders to Transform the World campaign. We are humbled by the fact that members of one of the greatest teams in Davidson history have banded together, a quarter of a century later, in an effort to ensure their program’s future is secure and bright.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not a good sign when we can't raise $1,000,000 for a 1992 Team Scholarship. The players on that team have been out of college long enough to have established themselves in stable careers. Their parents, if still alive, should have fond memories of that team. If they have passed away, perhaps they left their kids some money.

That team and the '84 & '85 Women's Tennis teams were our most successful teams. If we can't fund a scholarship to honor that team, where else can we turn.

One problem Davidson has is the lack of history of scholarships for anything but basketball. We can't tell a former athlete his/her education was dependent on a scholarship. They, probably their families, either paid or borrowed the money to send them to Davidson.

PS. Recent Hall of Fame inductee David Sprinkle is the father of Phelps Sprinkle, who was a member of the '92 Soccer team.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It's not a good sign when we can't raise $1,000,000 for a 1992 Team Scholarship.


Doesn't it say that there are commitments that will raise it to $1 million?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then why doesn't it say they've raised $1 million?

If that team can only raise $1 million, what do we expect from the teams that didn't make the College Cup?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

citycat wrote:
Then why doesn't it say they've raised $1 million?



I once knew someone who booked a receivable as cash. Management was displeased
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

citycat wrote:
Then why doesn't it say they've raised $1 million?

If that team can only raise $1 million, what do we expect from the teams that didn't make the College Cup?


Is "former Davidson soccer player on their best team" a job that pays especially well?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who are you quoting? Why?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

citycat wrote:
Who are you quoting? Why?


No, it is a fictional job title I made up for the purpose. I was wondering why this particular team should be expected to outpace their peers significantly in giving?
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