For Gil Cisneros, CCAS BA ’94, his fondest GW sports memory is when the men’s basketball team made the Sweet 16 in 1993. Today, the GW Athletics Advisory Council member is making a little history of his own with the first-ever Buff & Blue Fund Challenge.
From tip-off on January 3 through the final buzzer of the men’s basketball season, Cisneros will contribute $10,000 for every 100 donors to the Buff & Blue Fund.
“I hope it can be used to help take the athletic programs to the next level,” said Cisneros of his motivational gift.
Just three weeks into the Challenge, Cisneros’ first pledge has already been realized.
“By all accounts, the Buff & Blue Fund Challenge is off to a great start and the momentum is on our side,” said Patrick Nero, GW’s Director of Athletics and Recreation. “To have 100 donors already is quite a statement, and we’re more committed than ever to demonstrating to our loyal and generous supporters like Gil and the rest of the Buff & Blue Fund members that GW Athletics will always strive to make you proud.”
And they’re succeeding. With national rankings for women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, and both squash teams, and an undefeated home record for men’s basketball, there’s a lot to be proud of this season.
During the Colonials’ home win over George Mason on January 17, GW Athletics Hall of Famer Bob Tallent, SEAS ’71, and his sons enthusiastically accepted the Buff & Blue Fund Challenge.
“I want to personally thank Gil Cisneros for his generosity and for supporting the Buff & Blue Challenge, which is a smart, easy, and fun way to contribute to the Buff & Blue Fund,” said the GW basketball star. “As a former Colonial, I am extremely proud of GW’s recent athletic accomplishments and the positive direction each of the 27 varsity programs is taking.”
The Buff & Blue Fund Challenge is part of Making History: The Campaign for GW, the university’s comprehensive and ambitious billion-dollar philanthropic campaign. The Department of Athletics and Recreation plays a pivotal role in university-wide Campaign efforts and is geared toward mirroring the overall excellence of GW.
“Keep up the good work, GW Athletics,” coached Tallent, “and all you Colonial fans, make Gil donate some big bucks!”