Athletics receives $1 million from anonymous donor


Silas Albright, Reporter

App State Athletics has received a $1 million pledge from an anonymous donor. The gift was donated through the “A Mountaineer Impact” initiative which began in February of 2017, according to a press release from athletics.

“We are very thankful for this generous gift that is a boost to our ongoing efforts to enhance the educational and athletic experience of our student athletes,” Athletic Director Doug Gillin said in a press release. “The App State brand is expanding daily with the success of our student-athletes on and off the field. Our supporters continue to step up to the challenge of helping us reach new heights competitively and providing the Mountaineers a world-class experience.”

The goal of the “A Mountaineer Impact” is to raise $60 million. The initiative has raised more than $40 million in less than three years.

In 2017, App State announced that alumnus Mark Ricks had committed $10 million to “A Mountaineer Impact.” Ricks graduated in 1989 with a bachelors degree in criminal justice.