UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Saginaw Valley State University today announced the largest donation to provide scholarships and Student-Athlete support in the history of its athletic program. The gift of $300,000 was given by Fred Harring '84, a former Cardinal track and cross-country runner, to honor his coach, the legendary Dr. Douglas Hansen, and support current and future student-athletes in those programs.
At Fred's request, the donation will both support scholarships and provide something tangible that SVSU student-athletes can enjoy for years to come. Half will go towards scholarships for the men's and women's cross-country and track and field programs to support student-athletes, while the other 50 percent will finance a new high-definition video scoreboard in the SVSU Fieldhouse. Fred cited his pleasure working alongside Deputy Athletic Director Angela Pohl, praising her active and thoughtful counsel and vision in overseeing the effective deployment of the donation.
Director of Athletics John Decker said the gift would be transformative for Cardinal athletics. "Providing scholarships and elevating our video and multimedia capabilities are a huge priority for us, so this donation is a real game-changer for SVSU," he said. "We are thrilled and grateful that we have generous-spirited donors like Fred whose support is aligned with these priorities and who understands the impact that both increased scholarships and an enhanced video display will have on current and future Cardinals who visit and compete in our Fieldhouse."
SVSU Director of Athletics John Decker (Left), Fred Harring (Right)