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Tornado Athletics Announces 100% Giving Rate among Full-time Staff

BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 10, 2017 – King University Athletic Director David Hicks announced his full-time staff met a challenge to give back to the University head-on by having 100 percent giving rate among all full-time athletic staff members.

Jenn Testa, softball head coach, and Ryan Booher, men’s volleyball head coach, rallied the staff to take on the giving challenge and come out on top. Each full-time staff member in Athletics chose to donate monetarily to King University. “We are happy to have all of our athletic staff give back to King. We, as coaches, are proud to support our beloved King,” said Booher.

“This was a goal we set at our staff meeting back in August,” said Hicks. “We achieved our goal of 100 percent participation a couple of weeks ago. It shows our staff believes in King. Coaches, in particular, are out recruiting high school students—sharing the virtues of King and their programs. To have our coaches contribute to King and their programs financially demonstrates they believe in King’s vision, and they are an active part of it.”

“Athletics decided to meet this challenge because as a team, as a department, they felt it was important to support the University,” said Denise Asbury, acting vice president for Advancement at King University. “The Athletic staff wanted, as a group, to show what can happen when everyone gets together and is of the same mindset, working toward the same mission. By collectively giving back, they are leading by example and encouraging others to do likewise.”

The donations were made through King’s Tornado Athletic Club with most gifts going to King’s Annual Fund for Scholarships & Programs, while some funds were directed to specific sports programs.

Contributions can be made to King online at, through pre-tax payroll deduction, by mail or in person to King’s Office of Advancement. “Gifts of any size are appreciated and make a difference,” added Asbury. “Funds can be designated to any program or area at King.”

“I hope other folks—faculty, staff, alumni—see this and believe in King enough that each year they pull out their checkbook or use payroll deduction to give back to King,” said Hicks. “I think it’s important not only financially but also the message it sends to alumni that if 100% of the athletic staff are contributing, something important must be happening at their alma mater. I would love to see 100% of King employees give.”

For more information contact King’s Office of Advancement at 800.621.5464, or stop by the office located in Sells Hall on the main campus in Bristol, Tennessee.


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