Gary Mioli Leadership in Community Fund

The Gary Mioli Leadership in Community Fund honors the legacy of Gary Mioli ’79, who dedicated his professional life to leading young men, both on and off the football field, and who embodied the values of the University in leadership, service, and the education of the whole person. Gary was a Physical Education major and manager of the UD football team from 1975-79. 

Video: Watch Gary Mioli: A Coach to All - Inside the NFL

mioli fund photoThe fund, established in 2016, aims to raise $100,000 by 2020. The fund creates a platform for University of Dayton sport management students to make a meaningful impact in their communities by becoming advocates for 501(c)3 organizations whose service holds personal meaning.

A legacy of "helping others"

Gary's legacy "is all about helping others," says his wife Patty. "That's what this whole scholarship fund does." Watch the video below to learn more:

Philanthropy tournament

Students enrolled in the Sales and Fundraising in Sports class (HSS 358) participate in a philanthropy tournament each fall. Students pitch the community organization they want to support, and the top four students (as selected by their class peers, a panel of sales & fundraising experts and the Sport Management Coordinator) have gifts donated to their respective charities in their names and in honor of Gary Mioli. This embodies the University’s unofficial mantra “Learn, Lead, Serve,” underscores the importance of community, and continues to honor and celebrate Gary’s life and legacy.

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Eric Schutter, winner of the 2017 philanthropy tournament, donated his $600 prize to the Lil MAC Kids Foundation, which provides financial aid for families with autistic children. View his winning presentation:

Previous tournament winners

Organizations benefiting from the fund

Did you know? $3,000 has been awarded to date.

Make a donation

mioli fundraising efforts

The University of Dayton is committed to providing an education extending beyond the walls of the University. The Sport Management program allows students to gain real life experience, which includes making a positive impact on the lives of those around them.

Donations to the Gary Mioli Leadership in Community Fund help support our students’ opportunities to learn more about and to experience the importance of community giving first hand.

To make a donation, call 888-253-2383, donate online, or mail checks to the address below:

Gary Mioli Leadership in Community Fund
c/o Advancement Relations
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH  45469-7056

Founding supporters

Thank you to the visionaries from the class of 1979, who not only brought Gary’s story to our attention, but also made donations: Karen Meaney, Jo Balsamo Wood and Claudia Wahl Lund.

Thank you to the following classmates of Gary's who supported the establishment of the fund with a founding gift:

  • Andrea Ambrosini
  • Andrew M. Balsai, Jr. '79 &  Susan S. Balsai
  • Kevin W. Callahan '79
  • Ricky L. Chamberlin '80 & Jayne A. Chamberlin
  • Mary Condit '81
  • Genevieve Ditrani
  • Eileen A. Duffin '79
  • Margaret A. Heckman '79
  • Patricia A. Fink '78
  • Mary Zupp Moorman '82 & George A. Moorman '81
  • Geraldine Toomey O'Boyle '79 &  Patrick A. O'Boyle
  • Christine Gruber Volk '79 & Richard Volk
  • George P. Van Horn, Ed.D. '80 & Bridgette Maschue Van Horn '83
  • Laura Peterson '79
  • Susan A. Poland '79
  • Judith K. Rettinger '79
  • Nancy E. Roach '79
  • Denise Robicheaux 
  • Kathryn Janosco Smith '79

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Department of Health & Sport Science

Fitz Hall 646 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2968