An added benefit to giving
If you can help someone, you help. That, in short, is the moral compass Shawn Preston has been taught to follow.
Preston is a strength coach for Bison Sports. He’s not an alumnus – he graduated from University of Maine – Presque Isle, and Old Dominion University – and he’s only been working here for two years, yet he already supports a scholarship for Bison Athletes, because he can.
“The money goes directly back to a scholarship for varsity athletes. My job is to take care of varsity athletes, so if there is something I can do to assist in that, you know, why not,” he says. “It’s not like it’s a massive contribution or anything. It’s just a portion of salary that comes off of each paycheck and I think it’s something everyone can do.”
Preston supports a scholarship in the name of Coleen Dufresne, who served this university for 32 years, retiring as Athletic Director in August 2016.
“Even though I have only been here two years and worked with Coleen for one of them, she was a huge part of me coming here. So I felt it was a good act of service to put that money out there to represent her name,” Preston says.
Preston also sees an added benefit to giving: the varsity athletes he supports will advocate for the program, getting the attention of other high-caliber student athletes whom Preston can train, and support, and watch succeed. The same principal can apply to any student in any field of endeavour, he says.
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