from The Bridge: Spring/Summer 2011 issue
Thanks to Matthew Goodwin, Washington and Lee will add its 24th varsity sport--women's intercollegiate golf--to begin competition in 2012. Once it begins competing on a varsity level, W&L will field an equal number of women's (12) and men's (12) intercollegiate sports. It is the first team added since field hockey became a varsity sport in 2000-2001.
"This is an extremely important step for our overall athletic program, and we're delighted we have the chance to move forward," says Jan Hathorn, athletic director. "We have wanted to add women's golf for some time, and Matthew Goodwin's gift has allowed us to make this a reality by providing us with operating funds to get the program underway and then to help sustain it for the next decade."
"I am honored and proud to be part of establishing the women's golf program at Washington and Lee," says Goodwin, of Richmond. "I have learned many life lessons through athletic competition over the years, and continue to learn such lessons today. I am happy that I can help make a difference in W&L's athletic program, so that the lives of the women players can be enriched through competition on the golf course.
"I had a great overall experience at W&L--academic, social, athletic," Goodwin adds. "I am fortunate that I can give back to the University now and in the future."