UMass Athletics Announces Record Breaking Year in Fundraising
July 2, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Director of Athletics John McCutcheon announced Monday that the department's fundraising total for the 2012 fiscal year reached $3.2 million marking the closure of one of the best fundraising campaigns in recent years. Of that total, $1.7 million was in monetary gifts - a 112 percent increase from the previous year and the highest cash total in the history of UMass Athletics. Another $1.5 million was earmarked in pledges and commitments for capital projects.
This record was set through the generous gifts of the 2,569 members of the newly renamed Minutemen Club. The club saw historic growth this past year as well by adding 946 new members - an increase of 58 percent.
"The generosity of our donors is crucial to the Department of Athletics and I speak for the entire staff in expressing my gratitude for all of their support," McCutcheon said, "Each dollar the Minutemen Club receives directly impacts the success of the most important part of the athletics department, our student-athletes, both on the field and in the classroom. The more we are able to grow the Minutemen Club and our 16 sport-specific booster programs, the better experience we are able to offer our student-athletes."
The sport specific booster groups of the Court Club (men's basketball), the 100 Yard Club (football) and the Diamond Fund (baseball) saw great growth in giving and support.
"This was a banner year for those three groups at a critical juncture for each," said McCutcheon. "We thank the leadership of each of our sport specific programs as they play a critical role in the success of our fundraising efforts. They are truly the `team behind the team' and a great deal of our athletic and academic success can be credited to the work that they perform in support of our programs."
Monies raised from the Minutemen Club's efforts not only help with scholarship support for student-athletes, but also goes to help with travel, facilities, equipment and other team-related costs.
"This record year demonstrates the commitment our alumni and friends have to UMass athletics and their support of our efforts to grow as we transition into the Football Bowl Subdivision this coming year," said Rocko DeLuca, Associate Athletic Director for Development. "This is just the tip of the iceberg for us. This is a very exciting time for UMass athletics and I expect many others to see that too. I can't think of a better time for residents of the state and fans and alumni across the country to get inspired to support UMass athletics."
The UMass football program will play its first season at the FBS level this fall as a member of the Mid-American Conference. The Minutemen will share the same home as the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium. The home opener is set for September 8 at 3:30 PM versus Indiana. For ticket information, visit www.umassathletics.com or call 866-UMASS-TIX (866-862-7784).
The UMass Athletics Department invites you to become a part of the Minutemen Club and help continue to make history. To learn more click www.TheMinutemenClub.com or call 413-545-4290.
Membership in the Minutemen Club starts at only $25 annually with most membership levels qualifying for multiple benefits such as game day parking, preferred seating and eligibility for post-season tickets.