July 25, 2012
HOUSTON - University of Houston and American track and field legend Carl Lewis has issued the Olympic Challenge and is calling on all Cougar fans to support their school.
With the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games just days away, Lewis has partnered with the University to help raise awareness about the importance of philanthropy and giving back to UH. The Olympic Challenge will run from July 27 to Aug. 17.
In the last academic year, more than 17,000 alumni made a financial contribution to the University. Lewis is asking all Cougar fans to set a record with more than 20,000 alumni donors signed up before the Olympic summer is finished and the 2012-13 academic year begins.
Athletics fans are encouraged to donate to Cougar Pride, the fundraising arm of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Every penny of every unrestricted donation given to Cougar Pride goes to the funding of scholarships for more than 300 student-athletes and their academic support.
Fans have numerous methods for giving to the Athletics Department, including cash, checks and credit card charges. Through the CHAMPS (Cougars Helping by Automatic Monthly Payment System) program, donations can be debited through a checking account or charged to a credit card each month for as little as $10 per month.
For more information, please contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-4684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT CARL LEWIS
The history of American track and field cannot be written without mentioning Carl Lewis. During his career, he won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championship medals, including eight gold.
He was named Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News for three straight seasons (1982-84) and set world records in the 100-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay and 4x200-meter relay. Lewis was named Olympian of the Century by Sports Illustrated and was voted Sportsman of the Century by the International Olympic Committee.
As a Cougar from 1979 to 1981, he was a six-time NCAA national champion in the long jump, 60-yard dash, 100-meter dash and continues to hold the school records in the 55-meter race and long jump to this day.