Dolphin Dash breaks record for fourth consecutive year

February 13, 2024

For the fourth year in a row, Jacksonville University shattered records during Dolphin Dash, its annual five-day giving challenge. From February 5 to February 9, more than 5,000 Dolphins from around the world came together to invest $4.25 million across multiple areas of campus.

Jacksonville University President Tim Cost ’81 and his wife, Stephanie, once again supported every Dolphin Dash competitor with a gift of $265,000. They announced their generous donation at the Dolphin Dome, the exhibition-style celebration during the final hours of the week, and brought the university over the $4,000,000 mark.

This year, supporters had more ways to make a difference by earning IMPACT, ENGAGE, and INSPIRE points for athletics teams, colleges, Greek organizations, clubs, and affinity networks. The top two groups with the most points in each category earned cash prizes. This year’s big winners included the College of Law, followed by the Sailing Team, Women’s Rowing, and Alpha Delta Pi.

Dolphin Dash Leaderboard Graphic

Other Challenge winners included:
Battle of the Decades: 2020’s alumni
Number 1 Champion: Danielle Della Rocca (Men’s Lacrosse)
Social Spirit Champion: Women’s Basketball

Several students were also awarded $10,000 scholarships gifted from the Board of Trustees for their Dolphin Dash participation. The recipients were Ella Wehner, a junior and dance major; Connor Aivaz, a junior and aviation major; and Daniel Montalvo Salazar, a sophomore, member of the Men’s Golf team, and a psychology and business major.

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in Dolphin Dash and to all of Jacksonville University's generous supporters. In case you missed Dolphin Dash and would still like to support Jacksonville University, visit

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