In an act of incredible generosity and leadership, Ole Miss Athletics and the M-Club have announced they will match all donations to the William Magee Center for Wellness Education from Oct. 9 until Oct. 14. That means, for every dollar given to this Ignite Ole Miss campaign, these organizations will give $2, making a significant impact.
The Center for Wellness Education at Ole Miss will honor the memory of William Magee, a University of Mississippi scholar-athlete whose life was cut short by drug addiction. Likewise, the center will represent everyone whose journeys and goals have been derailed by substance abuse. But moreover, the center is committed to educating the whole person — mind and body — so that Ole Miss students of today and tomorrow can live their best lives.
Alcohol and drug abuse is a widely recognized problem on college campuses nationwide, and Ole Miss is no different. At this moment, you can likely think of someone in your circle of family, friends and colleagues who is struggling with substance abuse or perhaps you know a family that is grieving because the battle was lost. We must unite to make a difference — the kind of difference the Ole Miss Family can make. We are Ole Miss, after all.
We are deeply grateful to Ole Miss Athletics and the M-Club for adding fuel to this movement. Their offer to match all gifts comes as a rallying cry as this campaign nears completion.
Likewise, our thanks go to the many donors who have already propelled this meaningful campaign forward. We began this journey with a $100,000 goal to enhance funds already committed to this crucial initiative. In just a brief amount of time, you have stepped forward with gifts that will strengthen alcohol and drug education and prevention and, more importantly, save lives.
Please spread the word to anyone who might make a gift to this movement, especially while that gift can be tripled by the generous contributions of Ole Miss Athletics and the M-Club.
It’s time to act. We are Ole Miss. Hotty Toddy!