Furman’s track and cross country programs are on the move thanks in large part to the impact of the Blue Shoes Scholarship fund drive.
Launched with a founding gift from Chris Borch ’78 (a California businessman and former Paladin runner) and his wife, Andrea, and bolstered by donations from hundreds of contributors and a series of fundraising events, the program has raised approximately $2.5 million to endow scholarships for Furman’s cross country and track and field student-athletes.
Borch named the program after the blue Onitsuka Tiger running shoes given to members of the track team his second day as a Furman student. He still has the shoes.
He says,"My running days at Furman taught me lessons about setting a goal, working hard and not giving up. Through Blue Shoes, Andrea and I want to be sure the opportunity to run and learn such lessons is there for other young men and women."
The Borches will contribute $500,000 over the next several years to support Blue Shoes operational costs and start-up funding for several scholarship-raising initiatives.
With the momentum, interest and demand for track and field created by Blue Shoes, Furman has launched the initial phase of a project to construct bleachers seating for 1,500 spectators. The bleachers will be built along the west side of the Belk Complex for Track and Field and will be flanked by a plaza overlooking the track. This will make the facility even more attractive and fan friendly and will give Furman the potential to host national meets.
Renovation of Belk Complex gives Furman potential to host national meets