The Schickler Challenge

In the fall of 2021, Drake Athletics announced the Schickler Challenge, following a second generous commitment by Paul and Claudia Schickler. To encourage philanthropic support of the Knapp Center Renovation Project, the Schickler’s will match, dollar for dollar up to $1 million, every gift to the Knapp Center Renovation Project. 

As of August 31, 2021 nearly $300,000 had been committed to the Schickler Challenge through a 6-week silent phase. With $700,000 remaining on the Schickler Challenge, Drake Athletics invites fans and donors to pledge support and assist in the completion of the challenge. 

Explaining the Challenge

Donors can double the impact of their gift by taking advantage of the Schickler Challenge, and multi-year pledges are eligible for the matching gift. For example, a $30,000 pledge over three years allows a donor to double his/her impact to $60,000 and the multi-year pledge creates the flexibility to pay the gift over time. To discuss a multi-year pledge, please contact Matt Lyons at or at 515-271-4628.

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