Diplomat Athletic Club Accomplishes Record-Breaking Year

LANCASTER, Pa. – For the fifth consecutive year, the Diplomat Athletic Club (DAC) attained a higher level of success as contributions totaled $628,207 in the year ending June 30, 2014. DAC was started in 2002 for Franklin & Marshall's Athletic & Recreation programs and has become a source of pride for alumni, families, friends and student-athletes.

Since its inception, the DAC has provided more than $3.2 million in financial assistance for the College’s Athletics and Recreation programs.

“The DAC is a touchstone of the impact of F&M Athletics and Recreation on the current campus community and in the lives of our families and alumni,” remarked Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia S.W. Epps. “I am humbled by their generosity and collaboration in keeping the Diplomats a premier destination for scholar-athletes.” 

DAC contributions for the 2013-14 fiscal year are an increase of more than $139,000, or 28.6 percent, from the 2012-13 record of $488,233. The year also ended with a record 1,924 donors, an addition of more than 200 from the previous year, supporting the Athletic Department.

“Diplomat pride is not only exemplified by all of our student athletes, but by our ever expanding financial support of all their athletics endeavors,” said Chairman of DAC Al Ingraham '72. “DAC continues to be the “Secret Weapon” that differentiates F&M from all other Centennial Conference schools, as well as many other DIII institutions throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.” 

Franklin & Marshall is committed to securing its place as a Division III leader by sustaining a strong athletics program that significantly enhances the College’s educational mission. The generosity directed to the Diplomat Athletic Club in 2013-14, is a strong demonstration of the F&M community’s desire to support this objective.