Blue & Gold Athletics Fund
When you contribute to the Blue & Gold Fund, you are helping develop the next generation of Golden Griffin champions. One hundred percent of your gift enhances the student experience. Give Canisius athletes the competitive edge and make your gift today!
Last year, more than 1,475 donors contributed nearly $450,000 to the Blue & Gold Fund, providing essential funding that impacted our programs in the areas of scholarships, coaching excellence, recruiting and team travel, helping our 345 student-athletes excel in the classroom and on the field of competition.
Because of donors' support, we celebrated several student-athletes and program highlights during the 2019-20 year, including:
- Canisius won the Battle of the Bridge all-sports competition against Niagara University for the 10th consecutive year.
- The Canisius volleyball team advanced to its second-straight appearance in the MAAC Volleyball Championships semifinal round. Additionally, former Griff Leah Simmons, the 2019-20 Canisius Female Athlete of the Year, became the first player in program history to earn All-MAAC First Team honors in back-to-back seasons
- The men’s cross country team extended its streak of winning the Little Three Championship to 14 straight years, with former runner Nick Neamtu winning the race for the second-straight year.
- Former women’s soccer goalkeeper Alana Rossi closed out her career as a Griff with the school’s career shutout record – topping a previous record set in 1989.
- Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams celebrated the College’s 150th anniversary by announcing All-Sesquicentennial Teams. The teams, which were voted on by fans online, were honored during halftime of home games during the 2019-20 basketball seasons.
- Former Canisius point guard Malik Johnson set the program’s record for career games started (131) and career assists (620). He also graduated as just the third three-year team captain in school history.
- Hockey freshman Keaton Mastrodonato led the nation and tied a program record with three short-handed goals during the 2019-20 campaign.
- All 20 varsity programs boast a team grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2020 spring semester. The school's 393 student-athletes combined to record a department grade point average of 3.41 in the spring 2020 session, highlighted by 58 students who posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the semester.
- Additionally, 236 student-athletes hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Thank you in advance for supporting the Blue & Gold Fund and our students!