The start of the 2018-19 school year is fast approaching after outstanding performances in all areas of DAPER a year ago. Varsity athletics enjoyed one of the top seasons in MIT history, while the club sports program sent 12 teams to compete at nationals and intramural sports had nearly 2,900 participants. The physical education and wellness programs continued to expand to serve the MIT community, while recreation now services a membership of over 14,000.
That amazing year for DAPER was made possible by your support to the department and we are able to continue to grow and improve because of you – Thank You!
With your help, athletics was able to increase out of region travel for many of the teams, which is a great opportunity for teams to showcase themselves against the best competition in the country and to bond and grow as a group. Athletics was also able to continue to expand the areas in which the teams recruit, as our student-athletes hail from across the country and the world and it is important for the coaches to be able to find these top-level athletes.
Securing the top staff and coaches for DAPER is another critical component to the experience at MIT and with the generosity of so many, we were extremely excited to announce the Walter Alessi Men’s Lacrosse Head Coaching Endowment.
Another key piece to the success in DAPER is to provide the best facilities for our student-athletes, coaches and staff and the MIT community overall. Among the key fundraising initiatives over the last year was securing the funds to renovate the Boathouse, which is home to the Institute’s four Division I crew programs. The details on this will be announced soon and are yet another example of what your support means to DAPER. The crew programs also secured a new launch for use by the coaches in practice and competition. This marked the first endowed launch for the crew teams and it will significantly improve the ability to coach the teams on the water.
In addition, the rifle team upgraded the targeting system in duPont Athletic Center rifle range to a Sius electronic system that includes 13 Sius electronic targets which rest on a down-range platform. Sius’ products have been used in official Olympic rifle competition since 1992 and the MIT student-athletes can now utilize this state-of-the-art technology on a daily basis.
DAPER and the rest of the Institute also held the second 24-Hour Challenge on Pi Day. The support for this effort in 2018 was outstanding in terms of donors and challenge gifts as DAPER raised nearly $500,000 from approximately 2,800 donors with over 3,200 gifts. Teams had donors offer challenges, which only increased the momentum and excitement for the event.
For varsity athletics, the end result of your support is what we see on the playing fields and in the classroom and last year was no exception. The athletic and academic successes of the 2017-18 season were tremendous as the teams and student-athletes achieved on a conference, regional and national level. Below are some of the highlights from this record-setting season.
· Co-ed sailing captured the ICSA National Championship
· 14 Conference Championships
· Two Elite Eight teams, three Sweet 16 teams and one College World Series appearance
· 24 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (all-time single-season national record)
· 109 All-Americans
· 202 All-Conference
Nationally, we finished second overall in the Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup, which is the highest finish ever for MIT. The Learfield Directors’ Cup ranks the top overall athletic programs in the country as sports earn points by advancing to NCAA postseason play. In addition, for the third straight year, MIT was awarded both the men’s and women’s NEWMAC Presidents Cups for the top men’s and women’s athletic programs in the conference.
The other areas of DAPER have continued to grow and thrive, with the goal being to provide the best experiences possible for the MIT students through learning and personal growth opportunities outside the classrooms. Physical Education & Wellness delivers its programming to over 3,500 students per year, while intramurals and club sports combined to offer 55 different opportunities to compete. The recreation program has continued to expand its offerings as well, serving the ever-changing needs of the MIT community.
As part of our efforts to highlight the positive experiences that our MIT students are having in DAPER, we were able to produce a series of videos that featured first-hand testimonials from our students where they discussed their interactions in DAPER. Those videos summarized the varsity athletics program, club sports and intramurals and physical education & wellness and showed the difference that DAPER has on the lives of MIT students on a daily basis. These videos are available on the MIT Athletics YouTube channel.
All of our donors are extremely important to us and as those numbers continue to rise to record levels, your impact is felt more than ever. Our success and the opportunities we provide our programs would not be possible without your generosity.
Thank you again for your dedication to all that we do in DAPER as your support makes this all possible.
Director of Athletics/DAPER Department Head
P.S. If you would like to make an impact again this year for DAPER, click here.