Good Afternoon K-State Fans!
Today is a very significant day for
K-State, and let's start by announcing that our incredible fans and
supporters have set a record for total giving to the department for the
FIFTH STRAIGHT YEAR as well as catapulting Ahearn Fund membership to an
Thanks to grass-roots support of Ahearn Fund
members world-wide, a record $46.4 million was contributed to K-State
Athletics in 2013-14, reflecting a jump of 21 percent from the previous
year's total of $36.8 million, while the number of K-Staters
participating in the Ahearn Fund surpassed the 10,000 mark for the first
time in department history.
Thanks to you, in just five years
outright contributions to the department have totaled $143 million,
while the $46.4 million amount this year is closing in on quadrupling
the amount of $12.7 million raised in 2009.
In addition to our
grassroots family base of 10,156 Ahearn Fund donors making gifts
beginning at just $50 per year, over the past five years, we have also
been fortunate to receive 21 private gifts in excess of $1 million,
enabling the department to complete the new $18 million Basketball
Training Facility, Intercollegiate Rowing Center, Mike Goss Tennis
Stadium and build momentum towards the department's comprehensive
facility improvement plan benefitting all 450 Wildcat student-athletes.
On August 30, 2013, doors to the West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder
Stadium, a transformational project and a facility that is an essential
step in advancing K-State's competitive future, were officially opened,
while plans were unveiled this spring for Phase III of the Bill Snyder
Family Stadium Master Plan - the Vanier Football Complex and North
Gifts to the Ahearn Fund are designated for
scholarships, sports medicine, academic support, modernization of
facilities and other services that directly benefit K-State
student-athletes while also funding K-State's margin of excellence
through enhancements such as recruiting budgets and coaches salaries. We
now boast members from 49 states, and hope that you will join us (if
you haven't already!).