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These will always be your teams, Flyers.

As a fellow Lewis Flyer, you understand what it means to be a student-athlete. Student-athletes dedicate countless hours to perfect our skills; they work as hard in the classroom as they do on the field, court, course, or in the pool. That’s why we want to tell you about the Forever Flyers Challenge and to ask you to help your team win as much as $7,000!

For the second year, Les Kraft ’55 has generously pledged $10,000 to the Lewis teams that can encourage the most alumni athletes to participate in the Forever Flyers fundraising challenge. Two top prizes of $3,500 will be awarded to the team that achieves the highest percentage of alumni participation and to the team that has the highest increase in alumni participation over last year. Two second prizes of $1,500 will also be awarded in each category.

Teams have been working hard and have had great seasons, and with your support they can reach even higher goals! Please consider supporting your team with a gift of any size, and you can help them win the Forever Flyer Challenge and make 2014-15 a season to remember! Your gift directly benefits the team of your choosing at Lewis University.

About Les Kraft '55, Forever Flyer Challenge Sponsor

Former Lewis University student-athlete Lester (Les) Kraft '55 is once again sponsoring the Forever Flyers Challenge to benefit Lewis athletic teams for the second-straight year. The challenge will consist of a nine-week competition, lasting from March 3rd to May 1st, led by student-athletes to increase alumni giving participation and support. 

"I participated on the football team from 1951 to 1955, and we had a very good team those years. I owe a great deal to those memories I have from Lewis," says Mr. Kraft. "Without the education provided to me, I wouldn't have been able to be an officer in the Marine Corps and wouldn't have qualified for the first jobs I held. I want to be able to give something back, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity because of how the money raised will not only help the university, but help the athletic program that I value so much."

A 1955 alumnus, Kraft holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Lewis University. He played football from 1951 to 1955 and in 1991, was inducted into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame. He is a former Vice President at Rockwell International. 



The Intercollegiate Athletics program at Lewis University has been developed with the understanding that properly administered intercollegiate sports are beneficial activities which contribute to the physical, intellectual, spiritual and social experiences of the entire University community. Intercollegiate athletics complement the academic and service components of a Lewis University education.

In harmony with the Catholic and Lasallian Mission of the University, the goals of intercollegiate athletics are to enhance the physical and intellectual abilities of those participating in the program in an effort to promote the development of the whole person and the overall educational experience. Athletic programs support the University's educational program and promote in students the values of academic excellence, responsibility, commitment, integrity and sportsmanship.