Feb. 28, 2011
This week's donor of the week is Doug Riley. Doug, a 1982 graduate of Marshall, is a recruiter in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition, Doug has been at the center of one of the fastest growing Big Green Chapters in the country down in Charlotte!
Last year the chapter raised $10,500 for the Big Green during their coaches tour stop and through other fundraisers.
The chapter has also already set and planned two events this year to raise funds for the Herd. For the 2011 coaches tour the Herd coaches will set sail on Lake Norman for a dinner cruise and later in the summer they will hit the links.
Doug and the folks in Charlotte are doing great things for the Herd and we appreciate their efforts.
Favorite Marshall Athlete: Chad Pennington, a true student-athlete and a representative we can all be proud of. Heisman Trophy and Rhodes Scholar finalist, National Champion, the kind of kid you would want your child to grow up to be and someone still giving back to the community and providing time to support Marshall Athletics.
Favorite Marshall Moment: ANY 1-AA Playoff game, particularly the '92 and '96 Championship games. I loved the whole "win or go home" scenario and the atmosphere in and around the Joan was always electric. Also the Clemson game in '99, which to me was an appropriate coming out party for that greatest of Marshall teams w/ 15,000+ MU fans in attendance.
Why he gives to the Big Green: Every season is special, but the days of the Southern Conference basketball tournaments in Asheville, NC and of the 1-AA playoff runs and MAC championships were particularly so. Seems we just knew we were going to win and Huntington swelled with pride due to the success and exposure MU enjoyed. Leading that success was the fact that back then we had more resources and better facilities that most everyone we played. If we want to feel that way again, if we want to be "Obnoxious Herd Fans" again, we need to give Mike, Tom and Doc the tools to build us winners.