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A MESSAGE FROM LEWIS AD JOHN PLANEK
Greetings from Romeoville: Thank you for your interest in supporting Lewis University Athletics and our 400 plus Flyer student-athletes. It is an exciting time for Flyer athletics as we are nationally recognized as a leader among the GLVC and MIVA conferences whose teams compete annually for championships. Within the last few years we have joined a select group of schools as we are consistently among the top ten percent of all Division II Programs with regards to athletic achievements. Furthermore, our students do incredible work in the community and have achieved new heights in the classroom. This success is - in large part - due to our great alumni, parents and friends who annually support Lewis Athletics. Thank you for your past, current and future support! Go Flyers! John Planek Director of Athletics
As operational costs continue to soar, managing 20 sports and 400 student-athletes poses a challenge. We need and appreciate your help in meeting our funding needs that allow us to continually compete for championships and make Lewis University more attractive for prospective students. Please know that your gift to the Flyer Athletics Fund will make an impact on the lives of our student-athletes who represent Lewis with great pride.
Championships start with you!
WHAT IS THE COST OF A lewis SCHOLARSHIP? TUITION
Books & Fees
TOTAL COST = $40,994 YOUR GIFT WILL help MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
WHAT IS THE flyer athleticS fund?
The Flyer Athletics Fund is Lewisâ€™ annual fundraising arm in support of our Athletics Department. As a member of the Flyer Athletics Fund, you will be helping to prepare Flyer student-athletes to be champions who lead. Your support goes toward providing the best academic and athletic resources for our student-athletes.
Each year, the Lewis University Athletics Department conducts two targeted giving campaigns along with its annual golf outing.
FLYER FRIENDS & FAMILY CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN Each fall, Flyer coaches and their student-athletes seek to raise funds for new equipment, training opportunities and travel to competitions. Last year, the campaign was the most successful in Flyer athletic history as more than 500 donors contributed over $50,000. Help support your favorite Flyer student-athlete and their program.
FOREVER FLYERS CAMPAIGN
Led by a generous Flyer alumnus and his annual lead $10,000 gift, the Forever Flyers Campaign has raised over $75,000 in three short years. This annual spring campaign looks to increase alumni giving, participation and support. Each year, Flyer teams have a friendly competition and can win as much as $7,000 for their program.
Supporters of Flyer Athletics can make a gift to the Flyer Athletics Fund at anytime by calling: (815) 836-5228 or online at: alumni.lewisu.edu/GiveNow or mail gift to: Lewis University Advancement Office One University Parkway Romeoville, IL 60446
The Lewis University Golf Outing enters its 36th year this upcoming summer. A long-standing tradition, this outing helps raise funds for the Lewis Athletics Department and is a signature event that Flyer fans look forward to each June. Hosted at nationally renowned Cog Hill, in Lemont, Ill., the event continues to grow each and every year. Participants enjoy a great day out on the links followed by dinner, drinks and a program with their friends, all in support of Lewis Flyer Athletics.
Recent Facility ADDITIONS AND UPGRADES
new Lewis CROSS COUNTRY COURSE
new backstop at lewis softball field
How you can help lewis athletics Your annual support of the Lewis Athletics Department can enable the University to provide student-athletes with:
New court at neil carey Arena
New RECREATION CENTER FIELDHOUSE flooR
* Essential degree-completion resources * Enhanced facilities and practice spaces * Key strength and conditioning training * Advanced technologies and equipment * Funding for travel to away games and tournaments * Opportunities for community involvement and leadership development
(2014-15 schoolyear) * Student-athletes had a 3.26 cumulative GPA * 86% student-athlete Success Rate * 4 Academic All-Americans * 8 Academic All-District Selections * 230 Academic All-Conference Selections * 2 NCAA Elite ‘89’ Award Winners * 23 GLVC Council of President’s Academic Excellence Award * 10 Team Academic All-GLVC Award Winners * 207 Br. David Delahanty FSC Award Winners (given to student-athletes with a 3.25 cumulative GPA or above) * 53% (207-of-389) student-athletes received Delahanty Awards * 2 CSCAA Team Scholar All-America Awards * 6 WGCA All-America Scholars * 2 GCAA All-America Scholars
Making the grade
STUDENTS BEFORE ATHLETES
Lewis Legacy and tradition
LEWIS by the numbers... 3 National Team Champions 31 NCAA Individual Champions 2 National Runner-Ups 3 Final Four Appearances 174 National Tournament Berths 424 All-Americans 49 Conference Champions 75 Conference Tournament Champions
* 4th out of 318 NCAA Division II institutions in the Learfield Directors Cup * Men’s Volleyball - NCAA Runner-Up * Women’s Basketball - Elite Eight * Two Individual National Championships * Two National Coaches of the Year * 12 out of 20 teams earned NCAA Berths * Five GLVC Players /Athletes of the Year * Second in GLVC All-Sports Trophy standings
2014-15: A season To Remember
ONE OF THE BEST IN THE NATIon
ways to make an impact
Your gifts have a direct impact on our student-athletes and the overall quality of our athletics program. Gifts via credit card can be made online at alumni.lewisu.edu/givenow or checks can be mailed to: Lewis University Office of University Advancement One University Parkway Romeoville, IL 60446
Gifts of Appreciated Securities Stocks, bonds, mutual funds and several others types of tangible assets are accepted, and may provide individuals with significant tax benefits.
championships start with you!
As a donor to Lewis athletics, you can double or sometimes even triple your impact on our programs by combining your contribution with matching funds from your employer. You can check if your company has a matching gift program by visiting alumni.lewisu.edu/GiveNow. Please provide us with the appropriate matching gift information at the time of your gift.
Gifts-In-Kind Gifts of service or tangible items (food and beverage, athletic equipment, printing, air travel, and others) that would normally be purchased by the Lewis Athletics Department are considered gifts-in-kind and are always greatly appreciated.
Planned/Estate Gifts A planned gift can provide individuals with substantial tax and estate planning benefits while enabling the donor to make a larger and longer lasting gift in support of Lewis athletics. Be a key supporter today while leaving a lasting legacy for future generations of Lewis Flyers.
Capital and Endowed Gifts Your support of capital projects allows Lewis to invest in its athletics facilities and enables our coaches to attract the nationâ€™s best Division II level student-athletes to the University.
Gifts to the Lewis endowment fund for athletics help position the University for long-term success. Please contact the Office of University Advancement at (815) 836-5244 if you have questions or need assistance.
Head Softball Coach Becky Pearl
“My daughter’s collegiate experience at Lewis University has been rewarding in so many ways and her athletic scholarship has helped make it possible. It is important for me to support Lewis University so that someone else’s child may be afforded the same opportunity.” “Every time I drive onto the Lewis campus I think about the great times enjoyed during my four years with a Lewis baseball jersey on my back. Lewis baseball gave me the opportunity to earn a degree that I would not have been able to afford without compromising my future. I just feel it is right to give back to those that have most contributed to my life today.”
Tony Pena Baseball (1994-98)
“It is so easy to support Lewis University athletics. Lewis University has got it right; it balances both superb academic achievement and success on the field of play.” “Considering all that Lewis gave me as a student-athlete both through scholarship and numerous memories, I have never been hesitant to want to give back to a program that gave so much to me. I love being involved as an alumni and my pride in being a Flyer has only grown since my time at Lewis.”
Mary Moskal Women’s Basketball (2003-07)
oscar dominguez parent of Nicole Dominguez (Women’s Soccer)
Patrick Cermak President and COO Of Wight & CO.
WHY SHOULD YOU GIVe BACK?
“We continually try to improve as a program on a day-to-day basis and fundraising plays an important role for our team. Our annual Spring Break trip to Florida and the recent improvements to the Lewis Softball Field were made possible through the help of our donors. We are just so thankful for the outpouring of support!”
PREPARING CHAMPIONS WHO LEAD LEWIS UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS ONE UNIVERSITY PARKWAY ROMEOVILLE, IL 60446 815-836-5228 LEWISFLYERS.COM @LEWISFLYERS
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