A Special Thank You from Julie Soriero, Director of Athletics and DAPER Department Head

A Special Thank You from Julie Soriero, Director of Athletics and DAPER Department Head

The start of the 2019-20 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 10 teams to compete at nationals and captured three national championships. Intramural sports continued to thrive with nearly 3,000 participants, the physical education and wellness programs continued to expand to serve the MIT community and recreation now services a membership of over 14,000.

This 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!

Complete 2018-19 Donor List (PDF)

With your help, athletics was able to continue to increase out-of-region travel for many of the teams, which gives our programs a great opportunity to showcase themselves against the best competition in the nation and to bond and grow closer as a group. In 2018-19, this included the establishment of the Swimming and Diving Travel and Training Endowment, which will play a vital role in creating more frequent immersive training experiences for these student-athletes. This was made possible by your tremendous support as we strive to provide the best possible experience for all our athletic programs.

Recruiting the best student-athletes and securing the top staff and coaches for DAPER is another critical component to the experience at MIT. Your support of the coaching funds in DAPER help make that possible as we compete at a national level across the board.

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. A key initiative that was announced over the last academic year was the successful fundraising effort to renovate the Boathouse, which is home to the Institute's four Division I crew programs. In October 2019, DAPER announced a gift from Richard J. Resch `61 that will support a significant portion of the renovation as the facility will be renamed the Richard J. Resch Boathouse.

Also on the river, the sailing program continued its fundraising efforts to replace the fleet of Tech Dinghies, which is due to the generous support alumni and friends of MIT Sailing. The sailing pavilion is one of the busiest facilities at the Institute and plays a key role in providing a great experience for MIT student-athletes, the MIT community and many who live locally in Cambridge.

DAPER and the rest of the Institute also held the second 24-Hour Challenge on Pi Day and exceeded the giving totals from year one! The support for this effort in 2019 was outstanding in terms of donors and challenge gifts as DAPER raised over $500,000 from approximately 2,600 donors. Teams had donors offer 15 micro challenges, which also increased the momentum and excitement for the event.

We are also very proud of the Student-Athlete Leadership Program, which has been designed to support DAPER's Core Values and to equip MIT student-athletes with the tools to become successful leaders on their teams, in the classroom, in the community and in their professional careers following graduation. The expansion of this program has been made possible by the support of Joseph Levitch `69 and we are very appreciative of his generosity with this important endeavor.

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 another highly-successful campaign for our teams. The athletic and academic successes of the 2018-19 season included teams achieving on the conference, regional and national level. Below are some of the highlights from the 2018-19 season.

· Three Individual NCAA National Champions

· Squash Captured the Summers Cup National Championship

· 12 Conference Championships

· Six Top-10 NCAA Finishes, including an Elite Eight appearance for women's tennis and men's track and field finishing as the runner-up at the NCAA Outdoor NCAA National Championship

· 23 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (third straight year with over 20 Academic All-Americans)

· 88 All-Americans

· 202 All-Conference

Nationally, we placed sixth overall in the NCAA Division III Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup, marking the 10th straight year that MIT has finished in the top 11. The Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup ranks the top overall athletic programs in the country as sports earn points by advancing to NCAA postseason championships. In addition, for the fourth straight year, MIT earned the men's and women's NEWMAC Presidents Cups for the top men's and women's athletic programs in the league.

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.

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.

With gratitude,

Julie Soriero
Director of Athletics/DAPER Department Head


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