The Babson College community stepped up in record numbers to support the annual Barefoot Athletics Challenge last week.
The Barefoot Challenge this year received contributions from 1,841 donors, who gave $235,320—both record amounts.
The Barefoot Athletics Challenge—initially funded by former Babson President Brian Barefoot ’66, H’09, P’01—encourages alumni athletes, parents of student-athletes, and Babson superfans to make a gift in support of the College’s student-athletes. Babson’s 22 men’s and women’s athletics teams—which include about one-quarter of the College’s undergraduate population—compete to help unlock $10,000 in challenge funds.
In the Alumni Challenge (based on the percentage of team alumni to make a gift), the top three teams were the ice hockey team, the men’s basketball team, and the field hockey team.
It was a big weekend for the ice hockey team, which also won its first-round NCAA Division III tournament game Saturday at home. The fifth-ranked Beavers shut out No. 14 Trinity College, 3-0—their first tournament victory since 2013. Babson (20-5-2) advances to the national quarterfinals Saturday at Saturday at No. 3 Geneseo (N.Y.).
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