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Impacting Champions

April 2, 2014

Each and every gift you make to support UConn Athletics has a direct impact on the lives of our student-athletes. As the stories below illustrate, by making a contribution you help provide deserving young people with an opportunity to be champions both athletically and academically.

To everybody who has made an investment in UConn Athletics, we would like to say thank you! The level of success we have been able to enjoy would not be possible without your continued generosity.

"Receiving the Joseph B. Burns Scholarship has provided me the opportunity to attend and compete for one of the most well recognized universities in the country".

Eric Yavarone
Junior, Baseball, North Haven, CT

"Coming from Germany, I told myself that going to school in Connecticut would me much different than anything I've experienced but I absolutely made the right decision to come here. UConn has been so much more than I expected. I had the chance to play for a Hall of Fame coach, I won a national championship and I will earn a degree from a top university. Just the whole experience has been wonderful. I couldn't have asked for more."

Niels Giffey
Senior, Men's Basketball, Economic Geography, Berlin, Germany

"The Pappanikou Family Scholarship Fund has made it possible for me to receive an amazing education and it has given me the opportunity to play division one soccer while wearing the husky uniform. Thank you so much, I am very grateful for all these life changing experiences that have been made possible through the Pappanikou Family's generosity."

Rachel Hill
Freshman, Women's Soccer/Exploratory Major/Rollinsford, New Hampshire

"As a student at the University of Connecticut I have been given numerous opportunities that have prepared me for life after track. I am extremely thankful for the Robert E. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship Fund. Not only am I thankful, but I am honored to have been considered for this scholarship by my coaches and the family. It has inspired me to continue to my strong work ethic in school and on the track."

Deysha Smith-Jenkins
Sophomore, Women's Track & Field, Broadcasting Journalism Major, Milwaukee, Wisconsin