FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University athletic department is in the midst of its 2009-10 Swamp Fox Club fund-raising campaign with goals of $100,000 and 1,000 members for the coming year.
Recognizing the nickname of the university’s namesake, the Swamp Fox Club is the fund-raising arm of the Francis Marion athletic program. FMU sponsors 12 intercollegiate sports, six each for men and women. Two of the programs, men’s golf and women’s soccer, compete as NCAA Division I independents, while the other 10 sports are members of the Division II Peach Belt Conference.
After only a month of fundraising, the university is nearly halfway toward its intended goal.
According to FMU athletic director Murray Hartzler, “The mission of the organization is to provide a quality college experience for student-athletes as well as scholarship support for each team, as established under NCAA guidelines.
“We are coming off consecutive years that have seen at least half or more of our squads advance to NCAA post-season play. Also, our student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom with a grade point average and graduation rate that exceeds the overall student body. Funding from the Swamp Fox Club is directly related to these successes.”
Annually, more than 170 student-athletes receive some scholarship assistance from the athletic booster club.
Depending on the amount of the contribution, different membership privileges are afforded Swamp Fox Club members, including admittance to all home athletic events and the hospitality room at home basketball contests. Memberships are available to both individuals and businesses.
For more information or to receive a Swamp Fox Club brochure, call the athletic office at 843-661-1240. Donations may also be made on-line at www.fmupatriots.com .