Loyal Royals: Enthusiastically supporting student-athletes and coaches at EMU

The Loyal Royals are a group of persons interested in and committed supporting the mission of developing young people through athletics at Eastern Mennonite University. Activities of the Loyal Royals are coordinated by a local Steering Committee working in cooperation with the Alumni Relations Office and Athletic Department.

The Loyal Royals are the sponsoring organization for the Hall of Honor which annually inducts former athletes into the Hall and/or retires athletic jerseys. They also sponsor special activities for alumni, athletes, and parents of current athletes. They also provide funding for special projects and events beyond the athletic budget.

Along with promoting EMU athletics and building relationships in the community, the Loyal Royals raise funds to support their activities and the EMU Athletic Department. The two major fundraisers are the Paul R. Yoder Sr. Golf Classic, which is held each year, and the annual phonathon held each September.  Other annual activities include receptions, special events and projects, the Hall of Honor, and the Athletic Honors Banquet

Special projects have included softball field renovations, the new athletics website, athletic training staff and equipment, and a pressbox on the turf field.

Giving Levels for 2014-2015
Bronze Royal: $50-$249 Platinum Royal: $1,000 and above
- Includes two reserved seats at home basketball games and the hospitality suite
Silver Royal: $250-$499
Gold Royal: $500-$999


2014-2015 Goals:

- To increase local community involvement with EMU athletics 
- To improve communication with Loyal Royals members
- To support alumni events in each sport
- To increase the visibility of the Loyal Royals on campus

Loyal Royals Steering Committee:

Gina Campbell Troyer '93, President
Dave King '76, Director of Athletics
Doug Nyce '85, Director of Alumni Relations
Phil Helmuth '76, Director of Development
Beth Bergman '87
Jonas Borntrager '70
Troy Gerber '98
Charlene Yutzy Jacob '88
Lisa Ehst Shank '05
Eric Swartley '97