By Kevin Shannahan
The Natchitoches Events Center was the place to be as over 400 NSU Demon fans packed the house for the annual Meet the Demons-Athletic Scholarship Auction Aug. 27. A line of pom-poms, cheering athletes and spirit groups greeted the attendees as they arrived. The dinner and auction is the signature fundraiser for the Demons Unlimited Foundation, which assists the university’s athletic department. The foundation is an indispensable part of Demon athletics and provides around $250,000 to NSU for athletic scholarships each year, about 10% of the amount of scholarships. Donors provided over 150 items to be put up for the highest bidder.
The donors are a diverse cross section of supporters, ranging from local businesses to alumni playing in the NFL. They truly represent the broad reach of the university and the loyalty it inspires. NSU fields over 400 athletes who compete in NCAA’s Division I and sponsors 14 sports, eight for women and six for men.
The event is expected to generate about $100,000 for Demon Athletics.