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Adopt A Mustang program helps shape the leaders of tomorrow

September 8, 2011

A winning team requires the collaborative efforts and resources of many people. This includes the loyal fans and alumni who choose to support Western's student-athletes through the Adopt A Mustang program.

Annual Giving donors contributed more than $122,000 for varsity sports through the Adopt A Mustang program. Family, friends and alumni can easily support the team of their choice through this program.

Mike Frith, BA01, MBA'06, team manager for Mustangs' Men's Lacrosse, says the Adopt A Mustang program has been a huge boost to Western athletics. These funds supported the advanced training required for our students to compete as elite athletes at the provincial, national and international levels.

Captain Eric Pitre, who's pursuing a double major in History and Philosophy, has seen the benefit in his own team. "Adopt A Mustang has helped develop our reputation as a team that takes care of its players, which helps to attract talented recruits. This infusion of young talent is vital to the success of the team."

For donor and former Western lacrosse player, Joe Masterson (LLB'90), making a gift "was one way of supporting a program that needs both volunteers and donors for it to be successful." "Playing lacrosse was a big part of my university experience. It would not have been possible without the generous support of alumni who may have played before me."

Representing Western as a member of a varsity team has an incredible influence in shaping our student-athletes – as people, professionals and community citizens.

"Playing lacrosse at Western has shown me what leadership, teamwork and discipline should look like and just how difficult it is to put these qualities into practice," says Pitre. Thérèse Quigley, BA'75, BEd'77, Western's Director of Sports and Recreation Services, was very thankful for the response to the program last year.

"Giving someone the opportunity to experience and compete in interuniversity athletics through the Adopt A Mustang program is more than giving back – it is an investment in shaping citizens and leaders of tomorrow."

This article appeared in the 2011 edition of Annual Impact
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