By Megan Martin
McGill has been recognized internationally for its academic programs ever since its founding, but did you know that our Athletic teams are also some of the best in the country? They set records, springboard athletes into professional leagues, and have produced an incredible number of Olympians.
Whether you’re a seasoned university sports fan or just discovering McGill’s amazing programs, the March Mayhem campaign is your chance to throw your support behind McGill’s Martlet hockey and basketball teams en route to their respective national championship tournaments. Both teams have been pitted against each other, with the winner being the team that’s able to raise the most money for their crowdfunding site during the month of March.
This is the first time such a competition has been held on the Seeds of Change platform.
“Part of the fun of crowdfunding is that you’re able to do things like contests because it’s much less formal than the traditional methods of fundraising so you get to be creative,” said Melissa Forster, Annual Fund Officer and Seeds of Change ambassador.
The teams launched their projects during the week of March 2. Since then, they’ve had a huge showing, winning their respective provincial titles and advancing to their national championship tournaments. Supporting these teams brings in crucial funds for their programs and can have an impact for years to come.
“It’s very expensive to take teams on the road,” said Samantha Rogers, Development and Alumni Relations for McGill University Athletics and Recreation. “From food to hotel and transportation, it really adds up.”
That’s why these two teams are each hoping to raise $10,000 to help offset their competition-related expenses. Any additional funds collected will go towards team athletic awards and other team fundraising priorities.
“Post season playoffs are an exciting, adrenaline-fueled time for all of McGill’s teams, but they need a lot of support,” Rogers said. “This is a great opportunity for alumni, fans, students, friends, and pretty much the entire McGill community to hop on the band wagon and support these awesome athletes.”
As it stands right now the Martlet Hockey team is holding top spot with $2,600 raised, and the Basketball team is in second with just under $1,800.
The March Mayhem competition will run on the crowdfunding site until the end of the month. Don’t miss you chance to support these talented, driven student-athletes as they strive for gold.
Pick a team. Make a gift. Go for gold!