Student-athletes at Miami University are not waiting until they graduate to give back to their alma mater; they’re doing it now.

For the first time in school history, 100 percent of current student-athletes have made a financial gift to Miami Athletics through the Red & White Club. The idea for the fund originated with Miami’s RedHawk Council, a student-athlete advisory council, to encourage student-athletes to show their support of Miami Athletics, the University and their fellow RedHawks. Overall, 547 student-athletes participated.

“Our student-athletes wanted to do something special this year—to leave their mark while “standing as one,” said associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator, Jennie Gilbert.  “This initiative gave them an opportunity to show their commitment to each other, to the athletic department and to their university. The RedHawk Council leaders did an amazing job in communicating the purpose and making this happen.”

Will Sullivan, a junior guard on the Miami men’s basketball team and a member of the RedHawk Council, views the annual giving as a small way to make a major impact.

“This gave us the opportunity to show that our commitment as athletes can go beyond our respective courts, fields and arenas of play and extend to the financially support of Miami Athletics" said Sullivan. “The Red & White Club is an important organization that allows us to compete for Miami University and get a great education. This is just a small way to show our commitment to Miami University Athletics and the Red & White Club, as well as our gratitude for all those who support us through their donations.”

Any gifts made to the University through the Red & White Club support scholarships for current Miami student-athletes. The funds raised by Miami’s student-athletes in this specific effort will provide books for two student-athletes for a semester.

“To get 100 percent participation from more than 500 student-athletes is a testament to the caliber of young men and women we have at Miami,” said associate A.D. and senior director of development, Coleman Barnes. “This is an exciting story to tell, and we hope the powerful example set by our student-athletes will encourage alumni and friends to join in the effort.”