Hempstead, NY - After the first week of the Fourth Annual Former Athlete Participation Challenge, Softball opened a commanding 137 point lead over Men’s Lacrosse and Field Hockey. The three-time defending champion Women’s Soccer team is currently in sixth place and has a lot of room to make up over the next five weeks to capture its fourth straight win.

Field Hockey is the early leader in the Increase Competition, while Softball grabbed the week one lead in the Young Alumni Competition. The Young Alumni Competition encourages former athletes who graduated between 2003-2012 to make a gift and support their team.

With the challenge just in its first week, there is plenty of time for the rest of the teams to cut Softball’s lead and help their programs be champions!

It is not too late to support your team. Click here to make a gift today. If you have already contributed to Hofstra Athletics, you can extend your commitment and help your program by encouraging a teammate to join the Pride Club. Supporting Hofstra student-athletes is as simple as making a $25 contribution through the Hofstra Pride Club.

To qualify for the Participation Challenge and the Varsity H Club a former student-athlete must make a gift of $25 or more by May 31, 2013.

Participation Competition ($10,000 prize) - as of April 24, 2013

1.    Softball - 260 points
2.    Men’s Lacrosse - 123 points
3.    Field Hockey - 113 points
4.    Women’s Lacrosse - 96 points
5.    Women’s Basketball - 77 points

Increase Competition ($5,000 prize) - as of April 24, 2013

1.    Field Hockey
2.    Women’s Tennis
3.    Baseball

Young Alumni Competition ($2,500 -1st, $1,500 - 2nd, $1,000 - 3rd) - as of April 24, 2013

1.    Softball
2.    Field Hockey
3.    Men’s Tennis

Information about the Challenge:

Participation Competition

Each Hofstra Athletics team recruits as many of their former athletes to join the Pride Club and give a gift of $25 or more. The team with the most points will win the competition and earn a $5,000 gift to their program.

How the Scoring Works: The percentage of alumni giving will be multiplied by 1000. Example: 100 former-athletes who have made a gift of $25 or more out of 500 former-athletes= .2x1000 = 200 points. As an added bonus an additional two points can be earned for each gift made online by a former athlete between now and May 31.

Increase Competition

The team with the team with greatest percentage increase of former athletes giving from last year to this year will win a $2,500 prize. Last year, Men's Lacrosse narrowly edged out Women's Lacrosse, winning by less than 1%, to capture the prize.

Young Alumni Competition

Each team will compete for the highest percentage of their own young alumni joining the Pride Club. A young alumnus is someone who graduated between 2002 and 2011. The team with the highest percentage will win $2,500, with second place receiving $1,500 and third receiving $1,000.

Giving information:

To make a gift online: GoHofstra.com or https://www.hofstra.edu/athletics/ath_giving.cfm

To make a gift by phone: 516-463-1944

To make a gift by mail: Check payable to Hofstra University.  315 Mack Sports Complex, 245 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549