Sports have always played an important part in Gail Rumble's life so she chose to help FGCU's student-athletes when she made a deferred gift that will establish the Gail Brinker Rumble Scholarship Fund.
She grew up in New Jersey, where she rooted for the Yankees. Now she's a Chicago White Sox fan because former FGCU student Chris Sale pitches for the team. She's also a longtime fan of FGCU men's basketball, predating the Dunk City excitement.
Knowing that FGCU's alumni base is smaller and younger compared to more established universities, the Fort Myers resident decided she could do more than serve as a cheerleader. She could make a difference in student-athletes' lives by creating a scholarship fund.
"Many graduate are developing their own careers and not yet in a position to make major gifts or planned gifts," she says. "It made sense to leave part of my estate to the university."
Rumble, a retired high school teacher and active member of FGCU's Town and Gown, adds, "I know how important scholarships are to a growing university. I'm impressed with the GPAs of our student-athletes and want to encourage them and offer financial assistance. No student should be unable to try out for a team because he or she can't afford a pair of athletic shoes."