FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University athletic department is currently in the midst of its 2011-12 Swamp Fox Club fund-raising campaign.
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 .
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.
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.
“Funding from the Swamp Fox Club is a vital component to the success of our athletic program. Our student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom with a grade point average and graduation rate that exceeds the overall student body, and at the same time our teams are continuing to earn NCAA post-season bids.”
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.