March 18, 2013
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March Madness gets into full swing this week.
At the University of Michigan, our men's and women's basketball teams are preparing for the NCAA Tournament. Our swimming teams are readying themselves for their NCAA Championships, both gymnastics teams have their Big Ten Championships approaching, the wrestlers are preparing for their national tournament, and our ice hockey team is trying to make it 23 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.
We all love these good stories and this quick infusion of excitement, but we sometimes forget how much time goes into building these programs and how many team members it takes to enable these programs to be successful.
It is not only those individuals on the field of competition. It is the coaches, support staff, fans and those who go above the call of duty and provide philanthropic support.
This Monday and Tuesday (March 18-19), the student-athletes of the University of Michigan have volunteered to be part of our annual Thank-A-Thon.
In collaboration with SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Council) and the U-M Athletic Department, these students will write letters, send cards, and make phone calls to those donors who have so graciously supported the U-M athletics program.
It is not just a one-time event; this is a yearly reminder to all our donors to thank them for the impact they have on our student-athletes and the success of all of our sports programs.
And what is important is the U-M student-athlete will be the one to initiate this communication. These are the individuals who see the direct impact of the donations, not only in their athletic lives but in their future seeded by academics.
Our U-M student-athlete Thank-A-Thon is also part of the bigger picture that includes the entire University of Michigan.
On March 20, the second annual University-wide Student Day of Thanks called "Hail Yeah!" will take place. There will also be special Days of Thanks events happening in Education, Engineering, Ford School of Public Policy, Information, Ross School of Business, and Natural Resources and Environment.
The goal is to promote a culture of gratitude and philanthropy among all of the University of Michigan students, and to provide a higher awareness of all the resources it takes to be successful.
Efforts like these have been implemented in the past, but now the athletic department in conjunction with the University is working together as a team to build consistency and create the necessary team to keep U-M as the No. 1 public university in the nation.
The entire University of Michigan team wants to continue to ensure that all students and donors are aware that every gift matters.
This is just one more instance that our Wolverine men and women go above and beyond, communicating our beliefs that we are all part of a team working to become Leaders and Best in every way.