Lunsford family to donate $200,000 to Matching Gift Challenge

Tori Collins and Brendan Ward

Georgia Southern Head Football Coach Chad Lunsford and his wife, Tippy, have pledged a $200,000 contribution, over the next four years, to the Matching Gift Challenge.

The Matching Gift Fund is a fund raising event that challenges Eagle Nation to donate to GS athletics. An anonymous donor will match all donations up to $750,000 that go to the Coaches Continuity Fund or to the student-athlete scholarship endowments.

The Lunsfords donated to the Coaches Contunity Fund, which works to support coaches coninuity.

“I wanted to donate to the Coaches Contunity Fund because I think…Georgia Southern needs stablity,” Lunsford said.

In addition to recruitment of new leadership and staff, donations can also increase the salary as well as reward pre existing leadership and staff for what their team does on the field and in the classroom.

“The biggest thing to me, was just making sure that, one, I gave back to Georgia Southern because Georiga Southern has done so much for me and two, making sure our coaches, you know, keeping them around,” Lunsford said.

For more information on how to contribute to the funding of Georgia Southern University athletics visit

Matthew Enfinger contributed to this report

Tori Collins, The George-Anne Daily Reporter,

Brendan Ward, The George-Anne Daily Managing Editor,