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UW-Eau Claire Alumna Creates First
Opportunity Fund for Women's Blugold Soccer

RELEASED: Oct. 8, 2007

Regi Munro

Regi Munro
(Photo credit: Roy Pope Photography, www.roypopephotography.com)

EAU CLAIRE — Women's Blugold soccer owes a great deal to Regi Munro, a 1989 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Munro was one of four students who helped establish women's soccer as a varsity sport at
UW-Eau Claire. Recently Munro established the first endowed opportunity fund for women's Blugold soccer. The fund, which honors her mother, is also the first for a women's sport at UW-Eau Claire.

"I knew since the day I left school that when I had the chance and the income, I was going to do something that was really going to make a difference for women's soccer," Munro said.

The opportunity fund is named Espiritu de Nina, in honor of Munro's mother, Carolina Munro.

"My mother never had the opportunity to go to college but she fully supported me going," Munro said. "She has always been the real foundation in my life and she is someone who lives life to the fullest."

Women's Blugold soccer coach Sean Yengo said the opportunity fund will provide a welcome supplement to the soccer team's budget.

"This will really help ease the burden of having to fundraise to provide the extras, like a new scoreboard, that the budget just won't allow," Yengo said. "It's just great that Regi had the vision to come forward to help establish soccer as a varsity sport and now is giving back because of her positive experiences at UW-Eau Claire. It's an example of the values we're trying to teach our players."

Munro, a professor at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Ariz., believes she had a responsibility to give back to UW-Eau Claire.

"My education at UW-Eau Claire was phenomenal," Munro said. "I became a teacher because of the experiences and professors I had there. The opportunity to play soccer, even though it was a club sport, helped me stay focused and stay in school."

Munro was surprised to learn this was the first opportunity fund established for a UW-Eau Claire women's sport.

"I expected basketball, track or volleyball to have opportunity funds." Munro said. "What I'm hoping will happen is someone out there thinking of doing this will realize they can establish a fund too."

Munro continued to play soccer throughout graduate school at Arizona State University, where she received a master's degree in exercise science and a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction. From 2001 to 2003, she played full contact football in the Women's Professional Football League for the Arizona Knighthawks. She now plays ice hockey in a women's recreational league and is active in dog obedience and agility with her dogs.

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