Facing significant budget challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland athletics announced its ‘More Than The Score’ fundraising campaign Tuesday.
The athletic department has already taken efforts to minimize the impact of the financial loss on student-athletes, including budget and hiring freezes, along with staff salary reductions at some levels. But even with the Big Ten football season set to start on Oct. 24, the department projects to lose between $35 to $65 million in revenue, which it hopes to make up for with the support of donors.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our Maryland Athletics family has stayed committed to supporting one another,” athletic director Damon Evans said in a release. “Our program remains strong. And yet, the financial impact of the virus has cut us deeply.”
Maryland also plans to use the funds to make up for increased operational expenses its facing right now, such as regular COVID-19 testing, special health services like ECGs and cardiac MRIs, mental health services, technology support for online academics and extra safety measures used for training, strength and conditioning.
Donors to the campaign will be rewarded with gifts ranging from T-shirts to permanent displays at Xfinity Center.
Maryland Athletics now faces the most significant budget challenges in our history.— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) September 29, 2020
We are steadfast in our commitment to our student-athletes. And they need your support more now than ever.
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