In 2012, Hamline’s Athletics Department
launched the Piper Cup, an annual team competition to encourage excellence not just in sports, but in leadership, scholarship, and service. Four years later, the program is showing impressive results.
More than 40 student-athletes serve on the Hamline Student Athletic Advisory Committee and are leaders in their respective athletic programs, the student-athlete body’s collective GPA has exceeded 3.0, and all student-athletes participate in community service projects and events like the Special Olympics.
Student-athletes earn points for attending each other’s sporting events as well as non-sporting events on campus, achieving academic excellence, and performing community service. The teams with the highest point tallies at the end of the academic year claim the coveted Piper Cup title, along with a $1,000 prize for their program. The men’s baseball and women’s gymnastics teams triumphed in 2015–16.
Although student-athletes enjoy competing against each other for the prize, everyone who participates is a winner, said Becky Egan, women’s head volleyball coach
. “The goal of the Piper Cup is to have our student-athletes look beyond their own athletic program and see what greater good each program can achieve. It’s not just about the team’s or the individual’s success in the gym or on the field, pool, or ice; it’s about building up our Hamline community.”