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Capital Campaign May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2

What’s Next
Q&A with Dana Chaiken


Dana Chaiken, ’91

Former UCSD softball player Dana Chaiken, ’91, and her family have provided $250,000 to support the renovation and upgrading of UCSD’s intercollegiate softball facility, which will begin in 2005.

The gift, made through the Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation, is the largest private contribution made to-date to the Department of Athletics. The family structured the gift as a challenge to inspire matching gifts from alumni, parents and supporters of UCSD Athletics, with the goal of bringing the total softball facility fund to $500,000.

Chaiken was the starting shortstop for the Tritons from 1988 to 1991. She currently is co-owner of the Carlsbad Golf Center, a local driving range. Chaiken and her business partner, Susan Roll, are the only known female driving range owners on the West Coast. Their facility was named a “Top 10 New Range in 2003” by the Golf Range Association of America and a “Top 25 Shop” by Golf for Women magazine.

Q. Why did you choose to support this particular project?
A. My experience playing softball, and with the athletic department, was a huge part of my overall collegiate experience. I learned so much about life from playing sports. I always appreciated the efforts of those who played before me, how they laid the groundwork for the positive experience I enjoyed. It’s important to provide top-notch facilities to attract the best players, and to encourage community involvement with the campus.

Q. What motivated you and your family to structure the gift as a challenge?
A. Softball is a team sport. This gift provides an opportunity for everyone affiliated with the program, past and present, to come together as a team to accomplish something that will benefit hundreds of athletes for years to come. Leadership is merely a vision until teamwork makes it happen.

Q.What’s next?
A. I’m always searching for a new mountain to climb, a new challenge to conquer. You never know what’s coming your way—you just need to stay open to the possibilities when they present themselves.

If you are interested in giving to the Chaiken Challenge, contact Kim Signoret-Paar at (858) 822-1536 or kspaar@ucsd.edu.



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"Chaiken and her business partner, Susan Roll, are the only known female driving range owners on the West Coast."