Ninth Annual Crimson Pride Challenge Results

The Bridgewater State University Athletics program held the Ninth Annual Crimson Pride Challenge from October 23 to November 13 to raise funds for its programs. This challenge is an annual social media-driven fundraising campaign to fund the Bears varsity and club teams, where they compete against each other to fund their programs. 

The goal this year was to beat their total of $81,305 from last season. This year, the teams all together brought in a record $95,380.58 from 1,084 different donors in just three weeks.  

The teams compete by climbing up the leaderboard through funds raised per student-athletes, which is simply the total donated to a team divided by the number of student-athletes on the team. The top three teams get extra funding for their program.  

The Comment talked with Derek Vivieros (he/him), the BSU Assistant Director of Athletics and Recreation for Fiscal Operations. He explained, “The funds that our teams raise is used to offset some of the expenses like out of region contests, NCAA Strength of Schedule, and the spring teams that travel for spring break, which offset or lowers the cost that the student-athlete might have to pay for those trips. Then, they use the money for training equipment and technology which help our programs stay up to speed with the other NCAA Division III Programs.”  

In first place is the Women’s Lacrosse team, which raised $12,135.40 total and $638.71 per student-athlete. This is the first year that the Women’s Lacrosse squad won after taking second place the last two years, reclaiming their three-year winning streak from 2018-20. As a result, they will receive an extra $4,000 for the program. 

In second place is the Women’s Basketball team, who brought in $606.41 per student-athlete with a total of $9,096.17 and will get an extra $2,000. In third place and leading all club teams is the Hip Hop team, who perform at the halftime shows for the football and basketball teams. The Hip Hop team brought in $291.57 per student-athlete with a total of $7,289.25, earning an extra $1,000 in funding.  

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