After seven years of the competition, despite the coronavirus the academy is steaming ahead, hoping its graduates out-donate the other academies in 2020.
The webpage reads: "Now, more than ever, we can see the power of community to make an impact."
The All Academy Challenge is a contest between the five federal service academies: United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, United States Coast Guard Academy, and United States Merchant Marine Academy—to determine the academy that gets the highest percentage of graduates to donate.
It takes place from August 16th to August 20th. Gifts from anyone, given during the challenge will be accepted , but only gifts from service academy alumni will count towards challenge results. Check, credit card, cash, and stock gifts from alumni received between August 16th and August 20th count towards the challenge. Companies can match gifts, but only alumni gifts count toward the academy's participation total.
Alumni and the public are invited to promote the challenge on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by sharing photos and #allacademychallenge.
On its own foundation webpage, the United States Merchant Marine Academy clams it is is the four-time defending champion of the contest, having won in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. To date in four years,, it states, almost 7,600 donations have been made totaling over $2.2 million.