COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terrapin Club celebrated and recognized a successful year of Maryland Athletics at their annual celebration meeting on Tuesday evening.
The event began with Senior Associate AD and Chief Development Officer Cheryl Harrison thanking everyone for their support all year. She introduced Executive Athletic Director Damon Evans, who recognized the outstanding accomplishments of student-athletes and coaches and the Terrapin Club’s contributions to their achievements.
“Thank you for your commitment, engagement and willingness to continue to communicate,” said Harrison. “I want to specifically thank Mike [Freiman] for leading the Terrapin Club Board of Directors this past year. He did an outstanding job leading our department. This is a night to express our appreciation and gratitude for all your hard work on behalf of all our student-athletes and athletic program.”
Harrison and Evans then awarded the Jack Heise Terrapin Spirit Award, an award that recognizes the member who best exemplifies the “Terrapin Spirit”, to Colin Potts. Potts, who has past served as Terrapin Club President, lost his left leg below the knee after undergoing over 20 ankle surgeries. Potts has been an inspiration since the amputation, recently participating in an Amputee Awareness 5K at Wootton High School in Rockville in April.
Outgoing president of the Terrapin Club Board, Mike Freiman, remarked on the past year of Terrapin athletics success while thanking the room for their continued support of Maryland Athletics. Freiman received gifts from the Terrapin Club for his service for the University as he passed on the torch to new board president, Marcos Bronfman.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve and lead the Terrapin Club Board," said Freiman. "I’m proud of how the board engaged with the athletic staff this year. We established some strong initiatives to enhance donor and fan experience. We want our community to enjoy coming to our athletic competitions and events at the University of Maryland. Together the Terrapin Club can help provide the philanthropic support necessary to solidify our future as a strong and prosperous athletic department.”
Freiman provided gifts to the board members as a token of his appreciation. In addition to Freiman, four Terrapin Club Board past presidents were in attendance in Don Scheeler, Rick Jaklitsch, Bob Baker and Potts.
“I am excited and honored to lead the Terrapin Club Board,” said Bronfman. “Through education we can change lives and advance society. Athletics teaches the values of excellence, teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship. These traits are valued in today's workforce. Through philanthropy, we can provide the educational and athletic opportunities that many deserving student-athletes wouldn’t otherwise have access to.”
“I want to thank Mike Freiman for his time, effort and energy,” said Evans. “He has an infectious personality, and was a great representative for this organization. We are very excited about Marcos and the leadership and energy he will bring to the position. I am excited about the future of Maryland. With your continued support, we can continue to grow our base and brand, while celebrating our academic and athletic contributions.”
Rising senior volleyball student-athlete Abigail Bentz addressed the attendees, thanking them for their support in helping her pursue a career in journalism while playing the sport she loves. The volleyball program broke ground on a new team suite in February thanks in part to the Terrapin Club’s support. The new locker room and lounge is equipped with the latest technology to help student-athletes perform at a high level both on the court and in the classroom.
“On behalf of our student-athletes, I want to thank the Terrapin Club for the continued support each and every year,” said Bentz. “We sincerely appreciate your Maryland Pride.”