"Here come your Clarkson Golden Knights!" roars the announcer. "Let's Go Tech!" shouts a group of student fans. These are the sounds of Clarkson's rich athletic tradition. Intercollegiate sports have played a significant role at Clarkson throughout its history. From the early days, when the hockey team skated on the frozen surface of the Raquette River, when the basketball team called the old gym on Pierrepont Avenue home, and when the football team battled their opposition on Snell Field, sports have been an important part of the Clarkson experience.
Think about what your Clarkson education would have been like without a strong tradition of competitive teams who demonstrated the drive to win. Among the priorities of the E2E Campaign is the reinvigoration of our hockey program and the Golden Knights athletic tradition. Clarkson is dedicated to educating the whole of our students, head to toe, mind and body. And to provide an experience for fan and player, alike, that is rich, rewarding, challenging, and fun in equal measure. Clarkson is the place where athletics and recreation have a place in the lives of virtually every student, from the many who use our facilities and resources to keep themselves physically in shape and mentally refreshed, to the few who perform at an elite competitive level.
With your support, our Division I Ice Hockey programs can offer dedicated athletic scholarships to recruit the players best suited for Clarkson. As part of its strategy to return Clarkson Hockey to national prominence, endowed athletic scholarships are being established.
Since 1991, Cheel Arena has been a great venue for the Golden Knights. It is now time to re-invest in this marvelous, 20 year old venue. Areas for fans and players need several improvements, which will help keep the hockey program competitive, both to recruit outstanding players and welcome our loyal fans.
Over 300 students participate in Division III athletic programs at Clarkson. They consistently outperform above their non-athlete peers academically. For example, in 2011-2012 Clarkson boasted 69 Liberty League All-Academic Performers (3.2 cumulative GPA or higher). In the past five years, seven Division III teams reached the NCAA tournament, three of them for the first time. This represents more NCAA tournament appearances than at any other time in Clarkson's Division III athletic history.
Clarkson Division III athletic programs need support to purchase necessary equipment, to underwrite the cost for team post-season travel and provide competitive salaries and recruiting budgets for the coaching staff, who will continue to build on the current success.