On behalf of the student-athletes, coaches and staff of Shenandoah Athletics, I would like to thank all of our Shenandoah University Athletic Association (SUAA) contributors for their past support and commitment to our program. The 2011-12 athletic year provided many exciting and memorable moments and we couldn't be more excited about joining the Old Dominion Athletic Conference this fall.
Our teams continue to excel both academically and athletically. In the past eight years, we have won conference championships in cross country, baseball, football, softball, women's lacrosse and women's soccer. In addition, the baseball and women's soccer teams both participated in the NCAA Regionals this past year - the baseball team for the fourth straight season and women's soccer for the first time in school history. The baseball team capped its great year by again finishing in the top 25 in the nation.
Off the field, football player Kyle Feldman was named Capital One Academic All-America to give the department an Academic All-American for the seventh straight year. Equally as impressive was our women's cross country team that again earned USTFCCCA academic honors and the school-record 129 student-athletes named Academic All-USA South.
The 2012-13 school year is about to begin and I would like to ask each of you to become a new member or renew your past relationship with the Shenandoah University Athletic Association. Begin today to be a partner in the development of our intercollegiate athletics program. Our NCAA Division III student-athletes do not receive any form of athletic scholarships; they are true student-athletes who play for the love of the sport. The mission of the SUAA is to enable and facilitate each individual towards a goal for excellence, both in the classroom and on the playing fields.
The impact that your generous donation can have on our programs is tremendous. We need your help, not only maintaining last year's support, but securing new dollars for the continued development of our facilities and the overall support of our 20 intercollegiate athletic programs. Please consider increasing your contribution during the 2012-13 enrollment period and tell your friends, family members, co-workers and fellow alumni about the great benefits of being a Shenandoah University Athletic Association Member. One hundred percent of your gift can be designated for any particular sport. Share your enthusiasm for Shenandoah Athletics by becoming a member of the SUAA today.
Thank you for your support.