Everyone Loves a Champ

Or, why fielding winners pays off

College sports is all about winning, and so is alumni donations. An analysis of gifts to Middlebury College published last month in the Journal of Sports Economics shows that a winning season in high-profile sports leads to more donations for the school.

The study also showed that former athletes are 22 percent more likely to give than their couch-potato counterparts, and that hockey players are more generous than football alums, but that there’s no difference in generosity between men and women.