Daemen Athletics Announces “Move To 2” Fundraising Campaign

December 9, 2013

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Mike Miranto
Athletic Communications Director
Daemen College

Distinguished Alum Anthony Jones ’01 To Co-Chair College’s First Major Athletics Fundraising Campaign

The Daemen College Department of Athletics, in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Advancement announced today that it has launched the `Move To 2’ fundraising campaign, aimed at providing direct monetary support to the College’s Department of Athletics in light of its transition to NCAA Division II.

“Daemen’s ‘Move to 2’ fundraising campaign, under the leadership of Director of Athletics, Bill Morris, reflects the need to look outside of regular institutional operating funds to support our student-athletes and the College’s existing 14 intercollegiate athletic programs,” said Dr. Richanne C.  Mankey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Daemen. “Our transition into Division II of the NCAA has the entire campus and region excited about Daemen Wildcat athletics.  Our ‘Move to 2’ Campaign will reach out to former Daemen student-athletes, other alumni, friends, families, and fans of Daemen College to help support this historic transition into Division II NCAA athletic competition.”

Daemen College is the only college or university in the Buffalo-Niagara Region that will be a Division II member of the NCAA. It is already participating in competition against Division II schools in its new conference, the East Coast Conference (ECC).

Morris highlighted several areas in which the `Move To 2’ campaign will likely have an immediate impact, citing the increasing need for athletic scholarship funds, upgrades and improvements to the College’s athletic facilities, as well as the potential for growth of Daemen’s current intercollegiate athletic offerings.

“There is a plan in place to move campus recreation services out of our existing athletic complex, opening up potential development space inside our walls which could be easily reused in different capacities,” Morris said, referencing the College’s purchase of the former Northeast Family YMCA building at the corner of Main Street and Amherstdale Road.  The establishment of the Daemen Athletic Complex will create new offices for the athletic department; lab and classroom space for the College’s Athletic Training Program, and laboratory/classroom space for the Physical Therapy, Physician’s Assistant Program, Health Care Studies, and a new world-class Fitness and Training Center for student-athletes and all other students on campus.  He continued, “The possibility also exists that with available funding, we could investigate additional sport offerings for intercollegiate competition.”

The most immediate area where the `Move To 2’ campaign figures to leave its mark is in athletic scholarship budgets for the College’s existing 14 intercollegiate athletic programs. Within the `Move To 2’ campaign, the `Wildcat 100’ – an initiative seeking 100 donors who pledge a minimum of $1,500 to be spread out equally over the next three years.

“We have substantial work to do in the realm of athletic scholarships,” Morris said.  “Our strategic plan calls for us to increase our scholarship budget into the top half of the East Coast Conference.  I’m excited to be launching the `Wildcat 100’ as the first major initiative of the `Move To 2’ campaign.  The `Wildcat 100’ initiative has the potential to add at least $150,000 to our athletic scholarship budget over the next three years which will only serve to increase our competitiveness in an already competitive conference.”

Morris also announced that Daemen graduate Anthony J.M. Jones ’01 will co-chair the ‘Move to 2’ campaign.  Jones, who played on the men’s basketball team and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Daemen, went on to earn a law degree from the University at Buffalo and has successfully founded his own independent record label – Nickel City Recordings, LLC – and his own boutique entertainment firm – The Jones Firm – with offices in New York City, Buffalo, N.Y. and Honolulu, Hawaii.  He’s already been recognized by the College as the Graduate of the Last Decade at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet in 2012.

“We are incredibly fortunate that Tony has agreed to lend a helping hand with our ‘Move to 2’ campaign,” Morris said.  “In the last decade, Tony has experienced a lifetime’s amount of success with his various endeavors and for us to be able to tap into his expertise is obviously a significant achievement in itself.  I know Tony is very passionate about his time as a student-athlete here and I look forward to working closely with him on this project so we can provide that kind of experience for our current and future student-athletes.”

Website pages have been set up at wildcats.daemen.edu for both the Move To 2 and the Wildcat 100.  All donations to the campaign are entirely tax-deductible.  For more information on what you can do to become a part of this movement, contact William Morris, Director of Athletics (wmorris@daemen.edu716-839-8375), or Justin Johnston, Director of Annual Giving (jjohnsto@daemen.edu716-839-8468).

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