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Support your team! Elevate Coyote Women's Basketball

The Coyote Women’s Basketball team are your 2020 Summit League Champions! This exciting moment wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated student-athletes, outstanding coaching staff and the support of thousands of fans that cheered our women to victory Tuesday. Help us continue to ELEVATE our team.


Elevate provides USD women’s basketball players with development opportunities for personal growth, accountability, perspective, and leadership off the court. Elevate encourages the women to gain a new perspective by participating in community service events, book studies, team meetings with leadership experts and etiquette training. They also develop interview and networking skills and get to learn from other successful women who share their stories and act as mentors.

“The mission of this program is to elevate our young ladies into confident young women ready to conquer anything thrown their way by the time they graduate from the University of South Dakota. We work to accomplish this through activities outside of being in the classroom and on the basketball court,” said Dawn Plitzuweit, head women’s basketball coach.

Women in Philanthropy

Elevate is the inaugural program supported by USD Women in Philanthropy. Inspired by a shared mission, USD Women in Philanthropy is providing a platform where women can pool their resources, passion and philanthropic insight to make a difference not only in the lives of students but also in their respective communities. By providing opportunities for engagement, women discover their passions and interests and connect with other women to become visionary investors supporting the University of South Dakota.

Ciara Duffy, a senior on the USD Women’s Basketball team, shared that the team has been able to meet and be inspired by many incredible women in the University of South Dakota community because of Elevate. “From judges to former players to members of the military, and even our current university president, we have gotten to hear stories and gain wisdom that reach far beyond the confines of the basketball court. I cannot thank USD Women in Philanthropy enough for how it has inspired us as young women and empowered us to make a difference,” said Duffy.

Make a gift today to show your support for USD Women’s Basketball and the development of our student-athletes both on and off the court.

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