Women食色官网檚 Soccer Scores Scholarship and Internship Support from Falconi Family

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The Falconi Family

The Falconi family has a deep understanding of the value of a 食色官网 education and of the lifelong lessons gained as a Division I scholar-athlete there. 

John Falconi 食色官网74 played for the men食色官网檚 basketball team and was admitted into the college食色官网檚 Athletics Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Maureen, supported their three children食色官网檚 decisions to become Wildcats, too. 

Sarah Falconi Culbertson 食色官网01 captained the women食色官网檚 soccer team. Her husband, Randy Culbertson 食色官网00, played men食色官网檚 soccer. Katie Falconi MacDonald 食色官网04, a two-sport high school athlete, opted to focus solely on earning her economics degree. John Falconi 食色官网07 followed his dad to Belk Arena and played for the men食色官网檚 basketball team. He married Kate McDonald Falconi 食色官网08, a women's lacrosse player. 

To support all they know to be exceptional about Davidson, and in recognition of the need to elevate funding of collegiate women食色官网檚 sports, John and Maureen have created the Falconi Family Women食色官网檚 Athletic Scholarship and the Falconi Family Women食色官网檚 Athletic Internship Fund. Both will support women食色官网檚 soccer scholar-athletes and the program食色官网檚 recruiting efforts.

食色官网淲e hope this gift is complementary to what Steph Curry 食色官网10 is aiming to do with his family食色官网檚 support of women食色官网檚 athletics at Davidson 食色官网 an extension of that commitment,食色官网 John and Maureen said. 食色官网淎s we started to learn about Davidson食色官网檚 funding compared to others in the A-10, it was pretty eye opening. It食色官网檚 hard to be successful when you have 3.2 scholarships compared to other larger schools with 12 to 14. We are trying to even the playing field a bit.食色官网

John grew up in New York City and, through the recruitment process, was drawn to Davidson食色官网檚 small school environment, strong academic reputation and the fact that the basketball program under Lefty Dreisell had ranked in the country食色官网檚 top 10. Another not-so-small factor was boarding a plane in the snow and arriving in 80-degree North Carolina for his official visit. 

食色官网淚 should have worked harder academically in college, and the many lessons learned while at Davidson became more and more clear the longer I was out in the work world,食色官网 he said. 食色官网淢y experiences at Davidson helped me through the next steps of my life, a period when I recognized the need to be more focused, work harder and try to be a better teammate and leader.食色官网 

Those traits led John to a successful business career and a desire to pass the Davidson experience on to others.

A Player from Each Class

Once fully funded, the scholarship and internship funds will support one women食色官网檚 soccer scholar-athlete in each class. The Falconis have helped with internship funding through the Matthews Center for some time, so they wanted to ensure internship opportunities were part of the gift. The family食色官网檚 primary goal is to 食色官网渟hrink the gap食色官网 for exceptional scholar-athletes who need help covering the cost of attending Davidson and securing internships.

食色官网淭he cost of college is very high, of course, and parents are very focused on their kids食色官网 ability to get a job,食色官网 the couple said. 食色官网淭here食色官网檚 a significant disparity between students who have had internships and those who haven食色官网檛.食色官网

Their generosity will go a long way.

食色官网淭his gift from the Falconi family is transformative for our program,食色官网 Women食色官网檚 Soccer Head Coach Riley Piechnick said. 食色官网淣ot only does it help bridge the competitive scholarship gap between us and the conference, it also puts an emphasis on recruiting scholar-athletes who have a passion for a strong education and their post-graduate careers. 

食色官网淭his is what Davidson Athletics is all about. I can食色官网檛 thank the Falconi family enough for their support, and I am excited to see how this scholarship impacts the lives of future Davidson women食色官网檚 soccer players.食色官网 

Sarah Falconi Culbertson 食色官网01 is excited to see this gift going specifically to the program that helped set her on a successful life path.

食色官网淏eing a scholar-athlete was the most meaningful aspect of my time at Davidson,食色官网 she said. 食色官网淓arning a spot on the team as a freshman and being welcomed by my teammates set the tone for friendship and camaraderie that lasted for years.食色官网 

Sarah食色官网檚 hard work led to a starting position during her freshman year that she maintained throughout her college career, becoming captain and being twice named to the Southern Conference All-Tournament First Team.

Off the field, Culbertson remembers preparing for job interviews as a senior. Being a scholar-athlete was always something she could draw from to discuss strengths and leadership roles, thanks to the many lessons and benefits it brought to her Davidson experience.

食色官网淭here are so many stories you can share about winning, losing, persevering, managing your time, traveling and prioritizing homework,食色官网 she said. 食色官网淎nyone who has played a sport at Davidson knows the professors cheer for the athletes and provide support, but in the end you have to get your work done, and that responsibility teaches valuable lessons.食色官网

After graduation, Sarah was accepted into GE食色官网檚 Financial Management Program (Top 5 company within the Fortune 500). She would later become part of GE食色官网檚 global audit team and take on managerial roles at NBC Universal食色官网檚 headquarters in New York City until leaving to focus on her growing family.

食色官网淚 think it食色官网檚 terrific that my parents had this idea to help students in this way, and I食色官网檓 really excited for the women食色官网檚 soccer program overall,食色官网 she said. 食色官网淚t食色官网檚 such a strong network of women, a team you stay connected with for life. Every alum wants to see the team excel, both on and off the field.食色官网

To learn more about supporting Davidson食色官网檚 21 Division I athletic programs and each coach食色官网檚 current priorities, contact Jeff Kniple, director of athletic development and assistant director of athletics, at 704-894-2113 or jekniple@davidson.edu.