COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Members of the Maryland Athletics staff, student-athletes and Terrapin Club members spent Wednesday evening together celebrating the second annual Scholarship and Endowment Dinner. The event, hosted at the Riggs Alumni Center, provided an opportunity for DIrector's Circle and Endowment donors to meet the student-athlete beneficiaries of their scholarship support.
Guests took photos and interacted with student-athletes from a multitude of teams, while the group sat down for dinner in the Riggs Alumni Center Ball Room. Senior Associate AD and Chief Development Officer Cheryl Harrison opened the night welcoming donors and their families and thanking them for their generosity while recognizing student-athletes for their accomplishments in competition and in the classroom.
After hearing from Executive Athletic Director Damon Evans and senior women’s basketball player player/SAAC President Kristen Confroy, the night’s featured speaker was Maryland football alumnus Josh Wilson.
Wilson starred at nearby DeMatha Catholic High School before earning All-America honors as a cornerback for the Terps from 2003-06. He was then drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft before playing nine professional seasons.
Wilson recently returned to his high school alma mater as defensive backs coach for DeMatha.
The importance of earning a scholarship was an underlying theme for Wilson, who thought about not playing football in high school before his mother reminded him that a scholarship was the only way he would be able to attend college.
Wilson, who is now a member of the Terrapin Club, shared with the student-athletes the importance of giving back to the athletic program after their college careers are complete. He also thanked those in attendance for their sheer generosity to Maryland Athletics as they help turn dreams into reality.