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2020-21 at the Harvard Varsity Club Your Team for Life

This past year was like no other, but thanks to the generosity of our Lifetime and annual, dues-paying members the Harvard Varsity Club was able to continue making a positive impact on Harvard's 1,200+ student-athletes and supporting our vibrant community of alumni, parents, and friends.

As we look forward to the return of competition and in-person activities this fall, we invite you to take a look back at some of our most memorable moments from the past academic year.

No matter the sport. Or the era.

No matter the gender. Or the race.

Special teams all share one thing in common: a bond.

A feeling of comradery, of brotherhood or sisterhood that lasts more than a season, or even an entire college career. It lasts a lifetime.

Since 1886, the Harvard Varsity Club has been a special team. Through events and programs, the Varsity Club celebrates, supports and connects Harvard athletes and their families, past and present, while preserving the traditions and fostering the ideals of Harvard Athletics.

Harvard Varsity Club. ‘Your Team for Life.’

July

Race, Sport & Harvard

HVC Board Member and women's track & field alumna Theresa Moore '86 moderated the conversation titled Race, Sport, and Harvard: Conversations and Active Steps Towards Change. Panelists Chris Egi '18 (men's basketball), Josef Johnson '18 (wrestling), Ngozi Musa '19 (women's track & field), and Traci Green, The Sheila Kelly Palandjian Head Coach for Harvard Women's Tennis, shared their own personal stories of how race impacts their experiences as members of the Harvard Athletics community before opening the floor to Q&A. | WATCH NOW

August

A Most Beautiful Thing

The HVC and Friends of Harvard-Radcliffe Rowing hosted a special screening and discussion of the film 'A Most Beautiful Thing' featuring star Arshay Cooper, filmmaker Mary Mazzio, and Executive Producers Cameron '04 and Tyler '04 Winklevoss. The conversation was moderated by current rowers Claire Albert '21 (RVL), Clark Dean '23 (HUBC), Conlan Olson '21 (HVL), and Sam Sarafin '21 (RVH).

Called one of the best documentaries to unveil at South by Southwest by Brian Tallerico of Roger Ebert, an “absolute must watch” by Deadspin, and “a movie we could really use right now” by the Hollywood Reporter, 'A Most Beautiful Thing' chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in this country (made up of young men, many of whom were in rival gangs from the West Side of Chicago), all coming together to row in the same boat. | WATCH NOW

September

HVC Welcomes 5 Board Members

The Harvard Varsity Club welcomed five new members to its Advisory Board including Treavor Scales ’13 (football) who was later voted to the Elected Board. Joining Scales on the HVC Board were Allison Feaster ’98 (women's basketball), Raishaun McGhee ’17 (football), Ngozi Musa ’19 (women's track & field), and Cynthia Weber ’88 (women's tennis). | READ MORE

October

Friends of Harvard Athletics Town Hall

Hosted by the Department of Athletics and Harvard Varsity Club, Erin McDermott, The John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics, and Jack Reardon '60, former Director of Athletics and current Senior Advisor to Harvard Alumni Affairs and Development, engaged in a conversation about Erin's first four months at the helm of Harvard Athletics.

Student-Athletes Get Out the Vote

Harvard student-athletes partnered with the Harvard Votes Challenge to increase voter registration and turnout among Harvard student-athletes. This initiative led to 41 teams reaching 100% eligible voter registration. Gabby Donaldson '23 (women's basketball) and Matt Thomas ’21 (baseball) discussed this initiative during a 30-minute conversation with baseball alumnus Morgan Brown '06. | LISTEN NOW

November

3.2 for Ben

Nearly 900 individuals chose to #StandUpForBen by participating in, making a donation to, or sponsoring a virtual 3.2 mile walk/run in honor of the #32 Ben Abercrombie '21-23 wears for the Harvard football team.

As a result, more than $75,000 was raised for The Abercrombie Fund which provides support to the Abercrombie family and any future Harvard undergraduate student-athlete who incurs a severe or catastrophic injury while competing for the Crimson while enrolled in Harvard College. | VIEW TOP FINISHERS & PHOTOS

First-Year T-Shirts

As the newest members of the HVC, we welcome each first-year student-athlete to the Club by presenting them with a unique HVC t-shirt. This has become an annual tradition and is one of our staff's favorite traditions each fall.

December

HVC Giving Tuesday

If we've learned anything this year, it is just how resilient and supportive the HVC community is.

That message came through loud and clear on HVC Giving Tuesday as roughly 300 HVC community members became Lifetime Members, renewed their annual dues, or made an additional gift. And with the HVC Board having pledged to match up to $150,000 we raised more than $300,000 to help offset opportunities lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE HVC AND HARVARD'S STUDENT-ATHLETES.

How Student-Athletes Can Use LinkedIn to Land Their Killer Job

Christina VandenBerg '10, the CEO and Co-Founder of MyHuddle and a women's soccer alumna, teamed up with the HVC to host a webinar highlighting how student-athletes can optimize their LinkedIn accounts to accelerate their job search. | WATCH NOW

January

Undergraduate Women of Harvard Athletics & Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women's Athletics

The Undergraduate Women of Harvard Athletics (uWHA) is a student-led organization focused on addressing the most pressing problems faced by female athletes and supporting women in achieving their personal and professional goals. uWHA leaders Sofie Fella ’22 (women's rugby), Chamberlain Mathis ’21 (women's soccer), Chelsea Marlborough ’22 (women's lacrosse), Tess Sussman ’22 (women's basketball), and Cammie Dopke ’21 (women's soccer) were joined by Debbie Goldfine ’85, a women's tennis alumna and chair of the Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women Athletics, for a conversation on their experiences as female student-athletes at Harvard and their work to enhance those experiences and provide additional opportunities for generations to come. | LISTEN NOW

February

Harvard Athletics Black Varsity Association

The Harvard Athletics Black Varsity Association (HABVA) is an inclusive organization formed in the fall of 2020 to enhance the Black student-athlete experience at Harvard. Founding members Sharelle Samuel '22 (women's track & field), Codi-Ann Reid '22 (women's track & field), and Mason Forbes '22 (men's basketball) were joined by HVC Board Member and women's track & field alumna Ngozi Musa '19 and football alumnus John Van Allen '17 for a conversation about the formation of the HABVA, its mission and goals, and how the HVC community can support the organization's initiatives. | LISTEN NOW

Trailblazers in News Media

The HVC and Friends of Harvard Tennis hosted a conversation on news media and breaking barriers in the industry featuring men's tennis alumnus Cesar Conde '95, Chairman of NBCUniversal News Group and the first Latino to run a major English network TV news division, and Jill Abramson '76, a Senior Lecturer on Journalism in Harvard College's Department of English and the first female Executive Editor of The New York Times. The conversation was moderated by men's tennis alumnus Peter Lattman '92, Managing Director of Media at the Emerson Collective and Vice Chairman of The Atlantic Magazine. | WATCH NOW

March

Enhancing the HVC Career Services Program

With the majority of students learning remotely this past year, and with many choosing to take a leave of absence, the HVC remained committed to providing professional development and career networking assistance to student-athletes during their time away from campus. Through networking opportunities, job postings, virtual events, and advising, the HVC has been working hard to meet our students' needs during the pandemic. | LEARN MORE

We have had over 400 alumni volunteer to connect with student-athletes. Our alumni are our best resource, and the Harvard community has stepped up to help our student-athletes navigate through these times. | NETWORK WITH STUDENT-ATHLETES

The HVC created a job board for the HVC community to post jobs and internship opportunities for student-athletes and young alumni. Members of the HVC community have posted 75 jobs and counting this year, and many others have helped student-athletes find jobs outside of the official job board. | VIEW HVC JOB BOARD

The HVC has had over 2,400 members join our private LinkedIn group to network with each other and share professional opportunities. | JOIN THE HVC ON LINKEDIN

Custom DHA Stores

The HVC offered DHA apparel that could be customized with a graduation year, number, or the graduation year of a future Crimson superstar for the first time ever. The results were resounding, with 2,026 orders being placed for 4,226 individual apparel items.

April

Applying Sport to Business

The HVC and Friends of Harvard Tennis teamed up once again for a conversation with Dr. Jim Loehr, Lorenzo Beltrame P'17, and Olympic silver medalist in men's figure skating Paul Wylie ’90 on translating the lessons learned and skills developed through sport into success in life beyond the playing fields. The conversation was moderated by HVC Hall of Famer Andrew Rueb '95, The Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis.

The trio has built their friendship over many years of working with one another, including their time together at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute helping individuals and companies maximize energy and improve wellbeing - fueling higher performance and inspiring purposeful living. Their work with professional athletes, military Special Forces, and Fortune 500 CEOs has proven that when you bring your best energy to work and life, you can accomplish remarkable things. | WATCH NOW

May

Senior Letterwinners' Dinner

We couldn't have been more proud to celebrate the student-athletes in the Class of 2021 at the Senior Letterwinners' Dinner. For all that they have accomplished and overcome -- both on the playing fields and off -- we know that greatness lies ahead.

You can read more about this year's award finalists and winners, or watch the celebration in its entirety on-demand, by clicking here.

Please join us in giving one more round of applause to all the graduating student-athletes in the Class of 2021. | WATCH NOW

Dr. Mark E. Steiner '72 Memorial Fund

Thanks to the gifts of Harvard alumni, friends, and Quigley Society members, the endowed Dr. Mark E. Steiner ’72 Memorial Fund for Harvard Sports Medicine has been established in memory of Dr. Mark E. Steiner ’72.

The Primary purpose of this Fund is to support expenses and activities related to sports medicine at Harvard. Activities that the Fund may be used for include, but are not limited to, education, prevention, treatment, research; injury screening and prevention; health and wellness; performance training and assessment; medical care management; professional development; and other operating requirements of the Department of Athletics.

To make a gift to the Dr. Steiner Memorial Fund:

  • CLICK HERE
  • Enter payment amount
  • Under Fund drop-down, select “OTHER-Athletics” (not Sports Medicine)
  • Under Fund name, enter “Dr. Mark E. Steiner ’72 Memorial Fund for Harvard Sports Medicine 340-335520RG"
  • Complete remaining fields as appropriate
  • Click on red “complete your gift” button when finished

Personal Finance for Athlete Millennials

Ami Shah '10, a Certified Financial Planner, Harvard College alumna, and HBS grad, made a career switch from consulting to financial planning after seeing how many unanswered questions fellow Harvard alumni had when it came to money and the need for advisors providing holistic, objective advice. Her mission is to open up this knowledge to more people, including the Harvard Athletics community. Hosted by the Harvard Varsity Club and Friends of Harvard Soccer, this event was open to current student-athletes, alumni, and the greater Harvard Athletics community. | WATCH NOW

June

HVC Golf Tournament

Nothing brings Harvard athletes from all sports together better than the Harvard Varsity Club’s annual golf tournament. After a year off …. WE WERE BACK IN FULL FORCE!

Thank you to all of our sponsors and golfers for making this a day we won't soon forget. | VIEW PHOTOS

Nicklaus Course Winners

  • First Place - Women: Kathy Delaney-Smith, Sharon Hayes, Trisha Brown, Tammy Battaglino
  • First Place - Men: Mike Fucito, Doug Rogers, Steve Rogers, Steve Rolecek
  • Median: David Burke, Joe Donovan, Jim Smith, Tom Hansen
  • Longest Drive - Women: Caroline Hines Fitzgerald
  • Longest Drive - Men: Neil Angis
  • Closest to the Pin - Women: Laura Barnard
  • Closest to the Pin - Men: Bill Massey

Jones Course Winners

  • First Place - Men: Scott Farden, Lane MacDonald, Ted Donato, Jerry Pawloski
  • Median: Tim Burnieika, Bob Durkin, Patrick Sherbooke, Mick Carlyle
  • Longest Drive: George Kostakos
  • Closest the Pin: Bob Durkin

Putting Contest

  • Sanam Singh

Hole-In-One

  • Congrats to Lee Oldenburg on the hole-in-one on Jones 16!

Michael Vollmer '90 Fund

The Michael Vollmer '90 Fund was established in 2016 to support those in our community battling ALS and other neurological diseases. After nearly depleting the available funds, and with grant requests awaiting approval, the HVC community responded and raised more than $140,000 which will make an immediate impact on the lives of those who need it most.

Our real goal is to provide a lifetime of support to our teammates in need, so please still consider making a gift now or the next time we reach out to replenish the Vollmer Fund. | LEARN MORE

Teach. Lead. Serve.

Good teams have good players, but great teams have great teammates. Whether it’s on the court or “Beyond the 94 x 50,” Tommy Amaker inspires great teammates. His philosophy is ‘Teach. Lead. Serve.’ and by exposing his players to different experiences and perspectives, Coach Amaker has built a strong pipeline of lifelong learners and future leaders.

The Harvard Varsity Club welcomed Coach Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, The James Herscot '58 Coach of Excellence, and former men's basketball captain Christopher Egi '18 for a conversation on Coach Amaker's philosophy, his famed 'Breakfast Club,' and his leadership roles beyond Harvard to provide more opportunities to people of color. | WATCH NOW

Supporting Our Friends

During this past year of social distancing, it was more important than ever that we remained connected and engaged as a community. That is why the HVC partnered with a number of Friends Groups to host as many unique, creative, and interesting virtual events as possible. A few examples are highlighted below.

  • Friends of Baseball MLB Town Hall | WATCH NOW
  • Friends of Fencing Anti-Racism Alumni Panel | WATCH NOW
  • Friends of Football Town Hall: From Harvard to the NFL | WATCH NOW
  • Friends of Hockey Women's Olympians Town Hall | WATCH NOW
  • Friends of Track & Field Town Hall: The Road to Tokyo | WATCH NOW

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE HVC

YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The HVC is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit. Like most non-profits, we depend on annual financial support to ensure that we not only provide the quality of programming that our student-athletes, alumni, and friends have come to expect of us, but that we can continue to grow the scope of programming we offer.

As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all membership dues and donations made to the HVC are 100% tax deductible.

ACTIVATE YOUR MEMBERSHIP

Annual memberships are 100% tax deductible. Receive a discount on 3-year (save $50) or 5-year memberships (save $125 -- buy four years, get one year free).

HVC members receive discounts on HVC events and merchandise -- including new Lettersweaters and DHAs to replace those well-worn items in your drawer -- a subscription to our e-newsletter, News & Views, and access to our member database.

BECOME A LIFETIME MEMBER

HVC Lifetime Memberships provide permanent funding for the HVC through an endowment which lessens our dependence on annual dues and donations. As a Lifetime Member you will be recognized on the next Lifetime Member Board -- there’s no easier way to get your name on a building at Harvard! LEARN MORE

GIFT A LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP

Do you already have a lifetime membership? Is there someone that deserves the recognition? Gift a lifetime membership to your former teammate, classmate, coach, superfan, or mentor. LEARN MORE

MAKE A GIFT

All donations to the HVC are 100% tax-deductible. Contributions help fund career development, networking, and social opportunities for both Harvard student-athletes and alumni.

Give Through A Donor Advised Fund (DAF)

  • Please select “Harvard Varsity Club”
  • EIN: 04-2104295
  • Designate how you would like the gift allocated in the memo or accompanying note (i.e. "Lifetime Membership" or "Additional Gift" or "Vollmer Fund" or "Abercrombie Fund")

Questions? Email us at hvc@fas.harvard.edu.

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Membership dues are 100% tax deductible and provide the funding that ensures the HVC can enhance the educational and social experiences of Harvard’s student-athletes, and further strengthen the Harvard Athletics community.

LIFETIME MEMBERSHIPS

HVC Lifetime Memberships provide permanent funding for the HVC, lessen our dependence on annual dues and donations, and ensure that we can make a lasting impact on the Harvard Athletics community.

All Lifetime Members’ names will be permanently displayed on our next Lifetime Member Board.

BECOME A LIFETIME MEMBER BY:

Making a one-time, tax-deductible gift of $5,000 through the HVC website.

Lifetime Memberships purchased through the Harvard Varsity Club, including the HVC website, will not receive Harvard College Class or Reunion Credit, nor can they be applied against any existing pledges with Harvard or the HVC.

OR

Making a one-time, tax-deductible gift/pledge of $5,000 through Harvard University to the Harvard Varsity Club to receive Harvard College Class and Reunion credit -- simply select 'Harvard Varsity Club' from the Fund dropdown.

Payment toward a Lifetime Membership cannot be applied against any existing pledges with Harvard or the HVC.

OR

Giving through a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) by:

  • Please select “Harvard Varsity Club”
  • EIN: 04-2104295
  • Designate how you would like the gift allocated in the memo or accompanying note (i.e. "Lifetime Membership" or "Additional Gift" or "Vollmer Fund" or "Abercrombie Fund")

HOW TO GIFT A LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP

Is there someone who you think deserves the honor of becoming a lifetime member? Make a one-time tax deductible gift of $5000 through the HVC website and get someone's name on the Lifetime Member Board.

OR

Make a one-time, tax-deductible gift/pledge of $5,000 through Harvard University to the Harvard Varsity Club to receive Harvard College Class and Reunion credit -- simply select 'Harvard Varsity Club' from the Fund dropdown.

Payment toward a Lifetime Membership cannot be applied against any existing pledges with Harvard or the HVC.

OR

Give through a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) by:

  • Please select “Harvard Varsity Club”
  • EIN: 04-2104295
  • Designate how you would like the gift allocated in the memo or accompanying note (i.e. "Lifetime Membership" or "Additional Gift" or "Vollmer Fund" or "Abercrombie Fund")

Questions? Email us at hvc@fas.harvard.edu.

ANNUAL AND MULTI-YEAR MEMBERSHIPS

Annual memberships are 100% tax deductible and become active and expire on a rolling basis. They run for 1, 3, or 5 calendar years -- depending on which level you select -- from the date we receive your dues.

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

5-YEAR $500 | Save $125 -- buy 4 years, get 1 year free

3-YEAR $325 | Savings of $50

ANNUAL $125 | Open to all alumni and friends of Harvard Athletics

RECENT GRADUATE $25 | Available until your 5th Reunion

RECENT GRADUATE 5-YEAR $125 | Lock your membership in at the lowest rate

If you'd like to gift someone an annual membership, please email hvc@fas.harvard.edu.

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