Student Athletes Benefit from Vance Challenge


The future of Davidson Athletics is here. After a long history in the Southern Conference, 19 of the college’s athletic programs will move to the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2014-15.

This transition brings unparalleled opportunities, greater challenges and more visibility to the college’s Division I sports programs.

Davidson’s new athletic center will play an important role in readying the college’s student athletes for the transition by providing them with much-needed space and flexible scheduling.

“This new center will help our student athletes balance their lives,” said Jim Murphy, director of athletics. “They will have additional space for practice and meetings along with an enhanced training room for preparation and rehabilitation. Our student athletes will be able to better organize their day by avoiding practice times that conflict with meals or study time. These are things we simply cannot provide today as our needs have outgrown our facilities.”

To make the center a reality, Samuel and Ann Vance Ginn of Hillsborough, Calif., issued a $4 million challenge to the Davidson family. When met, the center will be named in honor of Ann’s father, the late Harry L. Vance, a stand-out Davidson student athlete from the class of 1926.

At the time this publication went to press, more than $1.3 million had been raised toward the challenge. These commitments, matched by challenge dollars, in addition to gifts made before the challenge began, brings the total to $7.1 million raised. Alumni, parents and friends are needed to meet the Vance Challenge and to meet the needs of Davidson Athletics.

Visit for more information about this project and the Vance Challenge. Questions can be directed to Annie Porges, director of the Davidson Athletic Fund, at or 704-894-2395.


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Danielle Strickland

Danielle Strickland concentrates on development-related stories, and she enjoys making connections with Davidson’s most engaged alumni and friends. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from James Madison University and a master’s in higher education leadership from the University of Arkansas. Thankfully, after seven years working as a Razorback, her red-heavy wardrobe allowed for a smooth transition to life as a Wildcat.

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