Welcome to Higher Ed Advisor, the Baker Tilly podcast series where we speak with higher education industry leaders about practical and proactive guidance to help colleges and universities protect and enhance their value.
COVID-19 intensified financial pressures and other challenges for collegiate athletic programs across the country, prompting many team leaders to execute creative approaches to preserve their programs while keeping student success and wellness a top priority, including Penn State University Men’s Rugby Head Coach, Justin Hundley.
Justin joins Higher Ed Advisor to share how Penn State Rugby, a non-traditional (non-varsity) team sport, exemplified teamwork on and off the field to address various challenges and help support financial need during the pandemic. The student athletes, coaching staff and Booster Club pulled together resources to fund and fundraise while continuing to promote rugby as an inclusive sport and expand alumni, athletic department, fan, family and community engagement to generate more advocates for the program.
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