Husky athletes have given their fans a lot to cheer about over the years. A recent gift from Wayne and Anne Gittinger gives student athletes something to celebrate. The Gittingers have endowed two scholarships, which will generate enough income for one full scholarship in football and one in men's basketball.
"This is a wonderful gift from two people who already have been very generous to the University and Husky athletics," says Barbara Hedges, director of intercollegiate athletics. "We are so grateful. Endowed scholarships like these help assure that Washington's proud heritage of athletic and academic excellence will continue into the next century."
Wayne and Anne Gittinger have been active volunteers for the University in addition to their financial support. Anne Gittinger is a member of the Tyee Board of Advisors and formerly served as a trustee for the UW Alumni Association. Wayne Gittinger, '55, '57, serves on the Tyee Board of Advisors and also is co-chairing the law school's campaign to raise funds for a new building. He is a partner in the Seattle firm of Lane Powell Spears Lubersky.
"Anne and I `bleed purple and gold' and we feel fortunate to be able to help the student athletes who will receive these scholarships," Wayne Gittinger explains. "We want funds to be available so that the best student athletes can become Huskies."
The University's athletic program is self-sustaining, receiving no direct support from the state or student fees. Ticket sales, private gifts, and other revenue help fund the University's 23 varsity sports programs.
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