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. Watch the "Gary Mioli: A Coach to All" Inside the NFL episode to see the impact Gary made on his local community.

mioli fund photoEstablished in the spring of 2016, the Mioli Fund – with the help of friends, family, and classmates of Gary, and the efforts of current Sport Management students – hopes to raise $100,000 by 2020 (see fundraising thermometer below for the current amount raised).

The fund creates a platform for students to make meaningful impact in their communities by becoming advocates for 501(c)3 organizations whose service holds personal meaning.

Fund criteria

Awards from this fund are presented to 501(c)3 organizations represented by undergraduate students who are enrolled in the School of Education and Health Sciences and who are working toward a degree in Sport Management as well as participating in HSS 358 (Sales and Fundraising in Sports)

Philanthropy tournament

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

2017 Tournament winner

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

View Schutter's winning presentation below:

Previous tournament winners

Organizations that have benefited from the fund

Did you know? $3,000 has been awarded so far.

How to donate

mioli fundraising efforts

At the University of Dayton, we are committed to providing an education that extends 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.

Making a donation to the Gary Mioli Leadership in Community Fund will 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 this 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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Contact us

Department of Health & Sport Science

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