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Marya Welch Initiative for Women's Athletics

We are pleased to announce the newest initiative for UC Davis Athletics, named in honor of longtime administrator and pioneer of women's athletics, Marya Welch.

The purpose of the Marya Welch Initiative is to provide new, recurring, and comprehensive support for women's athletics at UC Davis. Additionally, we hope to raise awareness by recruiting and retaining members, increasing visibility for UC Davis's 14 NCAA women's sports, raising special project funds, and increasing participation at women's contests.

Like Marya, we aim to be pioneers in women's athletics, and to do so must grow our community of support for our programs. This community of donors will allow our women's head coaches to build the financial foundation necessary to compete in their respective conferences and afford the best opportunity to our female student-athletes to ensure their success in competition, school, and after graduation.

For more information and instructions on how you can join the Marya Welch Initiative for Women's Athletics, please contact Liz Martin at

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Marya Welch Initiative - Current Project

Thank you to those who have already supported the Marya Welch Initative. The first facility project to be impacted by the MWI is a complete renovation of La Rue Softball Field. Among the enhancements to the field are: new laser-graded infield, new drainage, new outfield turf, new dugouts for home and visiting teams, new spectator bleachers, and a team room with storage areas, along with several others.

We anticipate a completion date of the facility in time for the first home game this spring (weather pending). Check out the pictures to follow the progress.

Listed below are the generous donors who have supported this initiative since its inception. Thank You!

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