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2013 Graduates Set Standard for Owl Club Senior Gift

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The Class of 2013 Senior Scholar-Athletes group is on track to achieve 100 percent participation in the inaugural Owl Club Senior Gift initiative. 

photo (8).JPGDespite the rainy weather, a number of senior Owls took a break from the last week of classes to attend the Class of 2013 tailgate and cheer the baseball team on to an 11-2 victory over Texas Tech. 

The Senior Student Athlete Gift campaign and tailgate, organized by Rice Athletics and Owl Volleyball player Mariah Riddlespringer '14, offered the graduating class of scholar-athletes an opportunity to make their first gift to the Owl Club and lay a foundation for athletic giving post-graduation.

Women's basketball Lacey Neu was one of the Owls to make a commitment.  "Throughout our careers, we've learned how much Owl Club members provide each of us, financially and emotionally," she said. "They are a constant support system to us, cheering in the stands, and providing the scholarship support that allowed us to be Rice Owls in the first place. It's exciting to join a great group of fans like those in the Owl Club."

"100 % participation is the goal and we know we can achieve it", Riddlespringer stated.  "To have our senior teammates rise to the challenge and make a gift shows incredible loyalty to Rice Athletics and to each of us."

Riddlespringer's interest and enthusiasm for the Owl Club grew as she participated in various volunteer opportunities.  She participated in the Thank-a-thon calls and as a Scholar-Athlete Ambassador in donor hospitality areas.

 "I visited with our donors and heard how touched they were to talk with me or a teammate, and to hear about our Rice experience," she said. "It's a great honor to represent each Rice fan through Athletics so it was nice to get the chance to thank them as well.  It's also very exciting to help obtain new Owl Club members by throwing the Senior Class tailgate."

"Through the Owl Club, Rice Athletics continues to attract the highest caliber of scholar-athletes to represent Rice University," said Rick Greenspan, director of athletics. "To have the senior scholar-athletes make their first gift to the Owl Club before they graduate exemplifies the future leaders our department and the university seek to cultivate and provides each student with an appreciation of the gifts they received from our current donors." 

The senior gift campaign continues through graduation on May 11.  If you'd like to make a gift to the Owl Club in honor of the Class of 2013 and support scholarships for Rice Owl scholar-athletes, please contact the Owl Club at 713-348-OWLS(6957) or make a gift online at giving.rice.edu (and select 'Athletics-Owl Club' from the drop down menu.)

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