Male High School students donate $2,100 to military coin challenge

(Nov. 11, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Students rally to donate gifts to 600 Kentucky soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.
Male High School students donate $2,100 to military coin challenge

Male High School students and teacher Sarah Cole donate $2,100 to Center's military coin challenge.

Last month, the McConnell Center spearheaded a campaign to raise $3,500 to present 1,000 Fort Knox, Ky., soldiers currently stationed in Afghanistan with specially commissioned military challenge coins.

A generous gift of $2,100 from students at Louisville's Male High School, coupled with donations received at the 2013 Daniel H. Utley Memorial, secured enough funds to offer military challenge coins to the 1,000 troops.

"I am proud of those associated with the McConnell Center, the students and staff at Male High School, and everyone that has contributed so generously to this project," said Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center.

Watch the video of Male High School's 2013 Patriot Day event

The gift from students at Male High School, under the leadership of social studies teacher Sarah Cole McIntosh, allowed the Center to achieve its initial goal of $3,500. "Male High School's incredibly generous gift not only allowed us to achieve our goal, but it put us in a position to honor even more of our warriors serving in Operation Enduring Freedom," Gregg said.

The Center's campaign is to continue to collect donations to allow officers and upper administration in the Third Brigade to receive coins.

"Because we will be able to give the soldiers a memento of their service to hand down to their children and grandchildren, the generosity the people of Kentucky have shown will 'echo in eternity'–the motto of the combat brigade team'" Gregg said.

If you are interested in continuing to donate to the Center's military challenge coin project, please contact the Center or see additional details below.

How to Donate

  • Cash donations may be offered directly to the McConnell Center, located in Ekstrom Library’s West Wing (Belknap Campus).
  • Please make checks payable to: UofL Foundation, Memo Line: McConnell G1554
  • Mail check to: Office of Advancement, ATTN: Judy Singleton, 215 Central Avenue, Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40208