FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University athletic department has begun its 2006-07 Swamp Fox Club fund-raising campaign with a goal of $125,000, and the addition of 100 new members.
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, are in the second year of a two-year transition to NCAA Division I membership.
According to FMU athletic director Murray Hartzler, “The mission of the organization is provide a quality college experience for student-athletes as well as scholarship support for each team, as established under NCAA guidelines.
“This is a very exciting time for Patriot athletics. Last year, we excelled both on the playing field and in the classroom. We are looking to finish the transition to Division I status for our two programs, and to compete for Division II post-season play in the other 10 sports.”
Depending on the amount of the contribution, different membership privileges are afforded Swamp Fox Club members. Memberships are available to both individuals and businesses. All the money raised benefits every athletic team at the university.
Annually, more than 175 student-athletes receive some scholarship assistance from the athletic booster club.
For more information or to receive a Swamp Fox Club brochure, call the athletic office at 843-661-1240.