Coppin State University President Anthony L. Jenkins tees off during the 2022 Coppin Golf Classic on Sept. 28 at Greystone Golf Course in White Hall. Photo courtesy of Coppin State University.

Coppin State University’s golf classic last week raised more than $70,000 for scholarships, athletic equipment, and other academic resources for student athletes.

“We are grateful to the Coppin State University community and supporters of our university for joining this year’s Coppin Golf Classic,” Coppin State University Athletic Director Derek Carter said in a statement. “You are showing our student athletes, through your contributions and commitment, their successes in their sport, and in the classroom matter. Your support and presence show there are so many people who believe in them, and that truly makes a difference.”

More than 100 golfers competed in Coppin State University’s 2022 Golf Classic Sept. 28 at Greystone Golf Course in White Hall, including the university’s own President Anthony L. Jenkins, Coppin State faculty and staff, and representatives from the event’s corporate partners and sponsors.

A total of 25 corporations and individuals, including BGE, Daly Computers, Whiting Turner, and others, donated more than $56,000 during the golf classic to support student athletes.

Alicia Ritchie, a former Coppin State women’s basketball player and current chair of the Coppin State University Development Fund, was one of the event’s sponsors.

Ritchie, who wearned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Coppin State, said the golf classic helps shine a light on the university’s work to support its students.

“This is a wonderful event that continues to lead to greater awareness of Coppin’s mission, and the incredible benefits the university has to offer all its students,” she said.

Darnell Sutton, chairman and CEO of Hollywall Entertainment, announced that his company would provide financial support to launch a golf team at Coppin State University. Sutton’s son Christian is a member of the university’s men’s basketball team.

Coppin State University student athletes in 2022 had an 89% graduation rate, the highest in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, university officials said.

Coppin State University is also one of 13 Division 1 schools that received a grant through the National Collegiate Athletic Association to provide tutoring, new technology, scholarships, and other resources for student athletes, according to university officials.

Of the 26 Coppin State student athletes who graduated in the Class of 2022, 25 earned at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, university officials said.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...