Oct. 25, 2011

Shaping Lives of Purpose: Gifts enhance basketball and swim team experiences

Women's basketball teammates in locker room

Gifts to Geneseo made through the Roundtable Athletic Association's annual golf tournament fund larger projects to enhance the student-athlete experience that otherwise wouldn't be possible, such as the recent renovation of the women's basketball team locker room. Meg Prue '12, left, says she and her teammates spend more time in the locker area now and it allows them to better prepare mentally for games. Also pictured are Bri Dunton '12 and Katelyn Charbonneau' 12. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11


When Schrader Hall opened as a home for athletic pursuits in 1964, locker rooms were, of course, included in the features.
The women's basketball team used one of those rooms — unchanged for 47 years — until funds raised through the Roundtable Athletic Association (RAA) allowed the college to give it a thorough facelift.
In summer 2010, Geneseo replaced the old metal lockers and installed new flooring and custom wooden lockers among other enhancements.
Members of the RAA raised the $20,000 for renovations through its annual May golf tournament. Proceeds are used to complete a project that will have a lasting effect for student-athlete experiences and wouldn't otherwise be possible in the budget, says Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Michael Mooney.

The golf tournament, set for May 19, 2012, in Geneseo is one way RAA members raise money to provide financial assistance for the student-athlete experience, says Mooney. This year, the 2011 golf tournament proceeds will be used to install a 1-meter diving board in the pool, ensuring every member of the swim team has ample opportunity for practice, says Mooney.

Such upgrades are needed and greatly improve students' experiences, he says, but wouldn't be possible without outside donations.The upgrades are two examples of how gifts to Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo directly benefit current and future students.

"I think the alumni of the school still have a part of Geneseo inside of them and they want the current students to have the best experiences we can," says Meg Prue '12. "I think alumni do a great job in caring for current students who are attending Geneseo."

The new locker room, she says, has improved she and her teammates' experiences, and they use the locker room much more. "It allows us to get more mentally prepared for games and allows us to watch video for preparations," says Prue.

Last year, Prue and her teammates won the SUNYAC championships. Coach Scott Hemer was also named SUNYAC and Division III Region 2 Coach of the Year.

Gifts to Shaping Lives of Purpose will increase the college's endowment and strengthen academic innovation and faculty support, student scholarships, global education, The Fund for Geneseo, athletics, and the new Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Leadership.