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Dollar Makes a Difference Campaign Yields Record Result

September 26, 2013
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Dillon Segur (left) and Jorge Azuero (right) of the men's tennis squad pose with some of the school supplies purchased for area schools.

The giving spirit of Liberty Flames' student athletes was once again affirmed in the recently completed "Dollar Makes a Difference Campaign." The drive, which was organized by Liberty Athletics Student-Athlete Development Coordinator Morgaine Godwin and the rest of the Academics Affairs for Athletics staff, collected a record total of $4,524, far surpassing last year's total of $3,200.

The campaign, which is in its third year, has grown bigger and bigger each year. In its first year, the drive raised $2,700, followed by last year's total of $3,200.

"Our student-athletes were very excited to collect donations, give their own money and encourage others to be involved in the campaign," commented Godwin. "They really took the initiative to make this drive a success."

Student-athletes could be seen around campus at convocation, at athletics events and at numerous other activities. The men's soccer team even collected donations at halftime of its season-opening game against IUPUI on Sept. 6.

The Lady Flames' basketball team was awarded the Golden Ruler, which is given to the squad which raises the most money, after collecting a total of $1,105. The women's soccer team finished in second place with over $860 of donations collected. 

The money raised was used to purchase school supplies, including folders, backpacks, pens, crayons, markers, glue sticks, notebooks, etc. Additionally, backpacks full of supplies will be distributed to a number of deserving students. The supplies will be distributed to several area schools.

"I am continually blown away by the giving spirit of our student-athletes," stated Godwin. "They are really catching the vision of what we are trying to do for the community and those around us."

Godwin credits the success of the drive and the excitement exuded by student-athletes and staff to the heart and vision of Kristie Beitz, Liberty's Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academic Affairs. "Kristie has such a heart for people and it is contagious to those around her," said Godwin.