Building Champions!

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    Building a championship program takes talented players, committed coaches and dedicated fans! But it also takes resources. Support that gives the players the tools they need to push their limits and win.  

    The Champions Fund provides support for the Department of Athletics in areas of greatest need that advance the mission of leading the Big Sky Conference academically, athletically, and in the culture and experience available for Bengal student-athletes.

    Recently, alumnus, Joe Saratore and his wife, Judy, stepped forward to help grow the fund by pledging $50,000 to match all gifts to this fund received by January 31, 2020. Donors who contribute to the Champions Fund within this time frame will double the impact of their gift and support Bengal student-athletes and coaches where they need it most.

    Donations to the Champions Fund are used at the discretion of the Athletic Director, and will help the Bengals compete for and win championships by providing student-athletes and coaches with the essential tools they need.

    Funds raised will help Bengal Athletics

    • fund summer school
    • provide better team travel
    • make upgrades to the strength and conditioning center
    • purchase needed equipment for the athletic training room
    • improve team travel and gear
    • buy home games
    • host tournaments
    • initiatives intended to elevate the entire breadth of Bengal Athletics

    The Saratores want to support the department in advancing its vision,

    “We’ve been following the Bengals for years. What we see now is a real commitment to excellence, and a culture that values academics and athletic performance. We love the enthusiasm, trust the leadership, and we want to support the Bengal vision and encourage others to do the same. I’d love nothing more than for this effort to cost me the full one hundred grand.”

    If you would like to learn more about the Champions Fund or supporting Bengal Athletics, contact Pauline Thiros, Athletic Director, at (208) 282-4068 or [email protected].

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