Cambridge, Mass. (January 20) -- In the recently held "Giving Tuesday" event, the MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) raised a total of $146,105.90, as announced by Dr. G. Anthony Grant, MIT's director of athletics/DAPER department head. Overall, DAPER secured 648 total gifts from 549 donors.
"In a year that has been challenging for so many, we greatly appreciate the tremendous support of our department on Giving Tuesday," said Dr. Grant. "I would like to express my gratitude to all of our donors who contributed, along with the coaches, student-athletes and DAPER staff for their continued hard work as we navigate through this year. We are committed to returning to campus stronger than we were before the pandemic and events like this are a crucial part of our ability to do so."
MIT boasts one of the largest intercollegiate athletic programs in the country as the Engineers have 33 varsity teams, including 29 NCAA Division III teams and four Division I crew teams. In 2019-20, MIT won the NEWMAC Women's Presidents Cup for the sixth straight year and seventh time overall, while the Engineers have captured both the men's and women's cups five times in the eight-year history of the award.
In addition to varsity athletics, DAPER also contains extensive programs in physical education and wellness, club sports, intramurals and recreation. The physical education and wellness program offers over 50 sections and more than 25 types of physical activity courses each quarter and is part of the General Institute Requirement. Club sports have over 1,100 participants each year in more than 30 teams, while the intramural program has approximately 3,000 participants annually in more than 20 sports and has divisions in each to accommodate various skill levels. Recreation has nearly 900,000 individual visits each year and serves over 14,000 annual members. Boasting over 200 programs throughout the year, the recreation department offers group exercise classes, private and group instructional classes, virtual classes in each area and wellness offerings that include nutrition and massage therapy.