The Frostburg State University Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors has welcomed a new member, Russell Younkers, of Dunkirk, Md.
Younkers has spent the last 40 years giving back to the community. During his time as a teacher in the Prince George’s County Public School System, Younkers mentored youth through coaching a variety of sports teams. The majority of Younkers’ career was spent working as a police officer stationed in the Bureau of Patrol at the Seat Pleasant District Station. After 20 years of dedicated service, he retired with the rank of sergeant. Since his retirement, Younkers has worked as a supervisor and project manager at the Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources.
As former student-athlete at FSU, Younkers appreciates the profound learning experiences that occur outside of the classroom, particularly on the playing field. He attributes career success, mostly in law enforcement, to the ideas of teamwork and finding common ground. During his time teaching and policing, Younkers spent many years umpiring baseball with the Metropolitan Baseball Umpires Association.
Through his membership on the Steering Committee for FSUF’s Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg, Younkers has assisted the Foundation with raising much-needed money for athletics. Since neither state funds nor tuition can be used for athletics, his support has been instrumental to the philanthropic investment in this area. Through personal giving and his donor-advised fund, Russell and his wife, Penny, have contributed more than $61,000 thus far for athletics and the Annual Fund.
In addition to general funding in support of advancing intercollegiate athletics, through the Russell and Penny Younkers General Athletic Fund, the Younkerses have also worked to strengthen the academic performance of FSU student-athletes with the Russell and Penny Younkers Academic Support fund. Most recently, they have helped fund a program to provide academic monitors to help ensure that soccer players can strengthen their academic focus. They also established the Russell W. Younkers Endowed Scholarship Fund for prospective health and physical education teachers.
“We'd like the brightest and the best to go into teaching. … In physical education and coaching, you learn life skills such as organization and motivating people,” said Russell.
The FSU Foundation’s $15 million comprehensive campaign, Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg, is raising badly needed funding for higher education in Western Maryland. Gifts support student enrichment, academic enrichment and regional and cultural enrichment. For more information about supporting FSU, visit foundation.frostburg.edu.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.