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Touchdown Challenge kicks off again

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
August 20th, 2015


The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and WVU Libraries are teaming up again for the Mountaineer Touchdown Challenge, a fundraising campaign to benefit the Libraries.

The initiative, in its fifth year, enables participants to pledge a dollar amount per touchdown the Mountaineers score during the 2015 season and a subsequent bowl game. The proceeds will support a project within the Libraries.

“I am thrilled to continue the Mountaineer Touchdown Challenge and support WVU Libraries,” Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said. “It’s exciting to know that our success on the field translates into needed library resources to benefit all students.”

Head football coach Dana Holgorsen helped launch the Touchdown Challenge when he came to WVU in 2011. He likes that the program spotlights the importance of academics and enhances the scholarly experience at WVU.

“The Touchdown Challenge has been a lot of fun for all of us. Our players take pride in knowing their performance also helps the Libraries better serve students,” Holgorsen said. “And we are always looking to put points on the board and any extra incentive to help the University is welcomed.”

Funds raised through the Touchdown Challenge have supported multiple enhancements within the Libraries. The most popular has been the creation of a presentation practice room outfitted with digital cameras, a computer, editing software, and other equipment. Donations from the 2014 season supported cutting-edge software that streamlines the recording and editing process.

Student feedback will determine where the Libraries will direct funds raised during the 2015 Touchdown Challenge.

“All of us at WVU Libraries are excited and humbled to be connected with West Virginia University’s proud football tradition,” Dean of Libraries Jon E. Cawthorne said. “We appreciate Shane Lyons, Coach Holgorsen, every player, and every loyal fan who make the Touchdown Challenge a success. Let’s go, Mountaineers.”

If you’re up for the Challenge, visit For more information, contact Cindy Liberatore, Director of Development for the Libraries, or 304-293-5277.


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