the Albright Lions’ new athletic logo was introduced in 2003,
it brought a
modern, revitalized look to the College’s
athletic uniforms, banners, stationery….. even the floor in
Bollman Center. At the same time, certain other equipment suddenly
Take the 60 or so folding chairs used to provide
seating for the many teams that play in the gym. Not only were they
old and a
little ragged, they also displayed the recently retired lion logo.
Like that logo they’d served the College well. But the time
had come for them to admit defeat and forfeit the game.
Rather than ask the College to pay for replacements,
the Red & White
Club stepped up to the plate and bought new chairs,
complete with the updated logo. Why? Because that’s what the
“We help the College support athletics,” said
Lew Nevins ’65,
who recently joined the Development Office as the full-time coordinator
of the Red & White Club. “Our primary focus is fundraising
in support of athletics. It’s the support organization that
provides enhancements to the regular program.”
The arrival of a full-time coordinator
is something new for this formerly all-volunteer organization,
once known as the Varsity Club. “That
name implied that it was only meant for former varsity athletes,
but that was never the case,” Nevins said.
In truth, the organization is open to anyone who
has an interest in supporting athletics at Albright College, including
parents, students, faculty, alumni, administration, businesses and
friends. The hiring of a full-time
coordinator and the name change are aimed at making the Club
As one of their benefits, members receive ROAR!,
the newsletter about athletics at Albright College, three times a
year. But the rewards of membership go far beyond a newsletter.
“The Red & White Club allows people to
offer feedback about what’s going on in the athletics program,” Nevins
a way for people to provide input if they feel something should
be changed or enhanced. So our members get the satisfaction of knowing
that they’re helping our teams succeed.”
Nevins estimates that more than 50
percent of Albright students are involved in organized sports
or fitness and wellness
programs. “So we’re not just helping our
athletes,” he said. “We encourage all students to use the
facilities. We want them to be healthy and happy, which is
part of the
overall educational mission of the College. The more we enhance
our facilities the more they’ll use them.”
As coordinator of the Red & White
Club, Nevins straddles the line between Development and Athletics.
Indeed, his office is in the Bollman Center just feet from
Steve George ’68,
director of athletics.
For Nevins, who retired after a career in investor
all familiar turf.
A 1965 Albright graduate, Nevins played four years
of football and one year each
of basketball and baseball.
Nevins, who’s done volunteer work at Albright for years, believes
he’ll be able to make an even-greater contribution in his new
position. “The Club has functioned well over the years and has
done great things for Albright athletics,” he said. “My
goal is to reorganize it and enhance its focus while retaining its
many positive features. The more people learn about our athletics
program the better they’re going to feel and the more they’ll
want to be involved.”
For more information or to join the Red & White Club, or become
a member of the executive committee, call Lew Nevins at
610-921-7864, e-mail him at email@example.com or
consult the Albright website at www.albright.edu/athletics.