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Open Letter to Gallaudet Bison community about Athletics Fundraiser

Gallaudet Athletic Director Victor Mansure (right) claps at a Bison game. The Gallaudet Athletics Fundraiser continues. You can make a donation by texting GUBISON to 71777 or online. #GUBison. A GUBison logo is in the middle (left) of a light blue background.

Dear Gallaudet Community,

As the proverb says: "It takes a village to raise a child."

As a Gallaudet alum or proud supporter, you are an integral part of our #GUBison program. Thank you for your unconditional care to Gallaudet Athletics in the past. This summer, we have started our first department-wide fundraiser and your support to our student-athletes will help offset the cost of travel, equipment, game calendar and off-the-court activities.

In the past year, over 250 Gallaudet Bison student-athletes, participated in 10,000+ hours of practice, 250+ games, traveled 30,000+ miles and still finished the year with a 2.98 cumulative grade point average (GPA). Also, 51 student-athletes earned 2018-19 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Scholar-Athlete honors. Each student-athlete was required to accumulate a 3.4 or higher GPA for the fall and spring semesters combined.

The goal of this campaign is $56,000 until this September. We are already halfway there but we still have ground to cover and you can help us reach our goal. We are a tax-exempt organization under IRC 501(c)(3) and contributions are tax deductible as donors will receive a tax receipt moments after making their gift. Inability to generate revenue streams, could lead to cutting down on travel, equipment, games to name a few examples. Your support is key!

Elina Rubinshteyn, a rising junior on the GU women’s volleyball team, shared with our community this past spring during NCAA Division III Week what it means to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University.

"I am definitely grateful that I am part of the Gallaudet University women's volleyball team. I am grateful because I have teammates that communicate in the same language, no barriers. I am honored to play for the only Deaf University in the world," said Rubinshteyn.

Your support will not only help make the lives of our student-athletes, like Elina's better, but also help shape our community as a whole. When programs are inspired, students have a higher chance to stay in school and receive a diploma, go on to receive a higher education and, in the end, will be able to contribute to our community in many positive ways.

Become a #GUBison supporter now and jump right in and donate to the campaign at https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/GUBison/ or text GUBISON to 71777. You can donate to the entire athletics department or select a team to support. It's your choice and every donation matters. Thank you and Go Bison!

Respectfully,

Victor Mansure signature

Victor Mansure
Director of Athletics
Gallaudet University