June Walker Fund moves closer to endowment status

June Walker Fund moves closer to endowment status
Dr. June Walker (right) and Anne DeGennaro ’83, MA ’88 (left) after the 1983 NCAA championship game.

A grassroots effort led by many former Lions athletes has pushed the Dr. June Walker Softball Endowment Fund past the $80,000 mark, reported Peter Manetas, associate vice president for development. Upon receipt of $100,000 in gifts and pledges, the field at TCNJ’s softball complex will be renamed in Walker’s honor, and a permanent source of financial resources will be created in support of the College’s softball program.

“Our hope is that we’ll reach our goal in time for the start of the 2012 softball season,” Manetas said.

The fund was established in 2007 to honor the former Lions coach who was the architect of a varsity softball program that drew national attention for more than two decades. During Walker’s 22 seasons at the helm, the Lions softball team posted a win-loss record of 721–154, highlighted by five NCAA (Division III) championships and the attainment of 65 All-American and 14 Academic All-American individual honors.

Over the years, more than 100 former players and colleagues have contributed to the effort, Manetas said.

“This endowment fund will not only provide a permanent means of support, but will honor someone who was instrumental in developing the College’s highly recognized softball program and in furthering women’s collegiate athletics nationwide,” Manetas said.

Those interested in contributing to the fund can contact Manetas at 609.771.2393 or manetas@tcnj.edu. Gifts that can be accepted include cash and planned gifts that are irrevocable. Commitments of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged with the establishment of a named seat in TCNJ’s Softball Complex in honor of the donor or someone of his or her choosing.

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