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N.C. Wesleyan soccer team receives endowment

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N.C. Wesleyan Women’s Soccer team members stand with, front row, from left, Vice President of Advancement Eddie Coats, interim President Evan Duff and Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship Tammy Robinson.

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From Contributed Reports

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Battling Bishops Women’s Soccer program recently received a $10,000 endowment made possible due to the generous support of two previous N.C. Wesleyan College students — Thomas and Cynthia Dyer.

Women’s Soccer at N.C. Wesleyan started in 1983 and has grown immensely over the years. With the broadening of the program and its success comes increased costs, including uniforms, travel for away games and lighting for the complex.

To assist with these needs, The Thomas and Cynthia Dyer Endowment Fund was established by Cynthia Dansie Dyer of Maryland and Thomas G. Dyer, Class of 1970, of Virginia. Long supporters of N.C. Wesleyan College, the Dyer’s remain involved with the Nu Gamma Phi Fraternity, giving to the efforts of establishing scholarships and support for the Hartness Center, among other endeavors.

“It’s a privilege to assist the Women’s Soccer program. We feel fortunate to be able to support Wesleyan and the growth that this program has experienced,” the Dyers said.

It’s their desire to leave a legacy with their alma mater in the form of an endowment. When Women’s Soccer Coach Beverly Biancur expressed the need for additional support of certain initiatives such as her vision for a Soccer Complex Wall and other enhancements that refine the student athletic experience, the Dyers seized the opportunity.

“I am grateful for this extremely generous endowment from the Dyers for our program. These young women and those before them have exemplified academic excellence with a 98 percent graduation rate, acceptance into grad school and professional occupations, a competitive desire for excellence and a willingness to serve their community,” Biancur said. “This endowment will help to provide these women with support, facilities and equipment to achieve the individual goals and team expectations now and into the future.”

The Thomas and Cynthia Dyer Endowment is one of four endowments created to support Wesleyan’s athletic programs. Wesleyan is excited about its potential growth, which will benefit the Women’s Soccer program for years to come. These benefits will make a massive impact on the quality of the program and most of all, the life of Wesleyan’s student-athletes.

The Dyers met at Wesleyan in 1966. In 1967, Cynthia transferred to nursing school, obtaining her degree in 1970. Thomas graduated from Wesleyan in 1970 with a degree in economics. Shortly after graduation, the two married and today reside in North Carolina.

The N.C. Wesleyan Women’s Soccer program is home to seven All-Americans and a National Player of the Year. The program has won numerous USA South Conference Tournaments and recently received its eighth consecutive National Coaches Association Team Academic Award. The 1994 season saw the Bishops reach the NCAA Division III Final Four.

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