Cambridge, Mass. (April 15) -- The MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) recently participated in the 24-Hour Challenge, which is an Institute-wide fundraising initiative that takes place annually in on the Thursday prior to 3/14 (Pi Day). In this year's fifth annual event, DAPER raised a total of $445,193.52 from 1,794 total donors.
"I am grateful for the support that we received all across DAPER in this very important initiative for our department," said Dr. G. Anthony Grant, director of athletics/DAPER department head. "Thank you to all of our alumni, parents, family and friends who made their gifts to support our students and department. I would also like to thank our coaches, DAPER staff, alumni ambassadors, DAPER advisory board, DAPER PLC members, team parent groups and reunion staff for all of their outreach work. This was a team effort that wouldn't have been possible without our generous micro challengers and we are inspired to have you as part of the DAPER family."
Overall, MIT raised $3,392,721 from 7,486 donors as DAPER checked in as the top department in terms of total amount raised. DAPER's 1,794 donors comprised 23.9 percent of the total from that day, while the $445,193.52 was 13.1 percent of the overall MIT total. The challenge included five team challenges for crew, football, men's basketball, sailing and swimming and diving, as well as an overall DAPER challenge as the department met every one of the donor goals.
DAPER offers opportunities for sports instruction and participation at all levels. With 33 varsity sports, MIT supports one of the broadest intercollegiate and most competitive athletic programs in the world. The intramural program offers competition in 18 sports, with 4,000 participants from the MIT community. MIT features one of the nation's most expansive club sport programs, with more than 800 participants and 34 teams. Each quarter, MIT physical education and wellness offers over 50 sections and more than 25 types of instructional activity courses. As part of the General Institute Requirements, each student must earn eight points through courses and complete the swim requirement.