University of Findlay Crowned “Champion” After Battle of Champions Competition
The first every Battle of Champions is officially in the books. The University of Findlay and Ashland University took part in a friendly donor competition, racing to see who could reach 600 donors first, and in turn help their athletic departments raise money to support student athletes. This year University of Findlay was named “Champion,” raising $158,542 from 660 donors.
The two teams also took to the basketball courts on Friday, with Ashland coming out on top following the women’s basketball game 73 to 61. University of Findlay’s men’s basketball team took home the win with a score of 76 to 68. Following the game, the donation portals were left open until Saturday. By the end of the day, Findlay had surpassed their goal of 600 donors, and were crowned Champion.
Both universities took home a win on Friday, and UF took home the title of Champion on Saturday. That being said, the true winners of the Battle of Champions are the students at both Ashland University and the University of Findlay. Money raised by each school during this year’s event will benefit their respective athletics departments, driving to create what many students consider to be a quintessential part of the college experience.
UF golfer, Jill Schmitmeyer realizes the significant role athletics plays on campus, and that it is driven by donors. “Playing college athletics and continuing education is a unique experience that not everyone gets to participate in. Kids everywhere dream of doing what I have the privilege of doing every day, and that couldn’t be possible without donors. Look at what our athletic department has been able to accomplish on and off the field, and look at the culture we have created at UF,” said Schmitmeyer.
The Battle of Champions donation portal has been closed, but checks are still coming in through the mail. If you are interested in donating to athletics at the University of Findlay, please visit the athletics donor page. There you can select a specific sport, club, or The Findlay Fund (University’s general fund).