ST. LOUIS – Former Saint Louis University student-athletes raised more than $135,000 for the Department of Athletics as part of the inaugural “Billikens Give Back” Alumni Giving Challenge.

“The foundation of any successful athletic program are student-athletes,” SLU Director of Athletics Chris May said. “We are fortunate to have passionate and engaging alumni who support our program. The Billikens Give Back initiative is a wonderful example of former student-athletes supporting the current Billikens, and we are grateful for their continued support.”

The challenge, which began on #GivingTuesday Nov. 29, 2016, and ended Feb. 14, 2017, served as a competition among Billiken athletic teams centered around increasing participation by athletic alumni.

More than 130 gifts were made by Billiken alumni during the challenge. More than 20 percent of those who gave were first-time donors. The men’s soccer team won the competition, as more than 50 alumni raised more than $90,000.