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Catbacker Tour Rolls Along

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K-State football head coach Bill Snyder stands next to K-State Director of Development Mike Clark and speaks with Wildcat fans at the Great Bend Catbacker Tour evening event.

July 11, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Just like every summer, K-State Athletics and the K-State Alumni Association have teamed up and hit the road for the annual, summer-long Catbacker Tour. More than half way through the tour, K-State Athletics and Alumni Association staff and Wildcat coaches and student-athletes have traveled upwards of 2,000 miles across the state visiting with fans this summer. 

Letter from A.D. John Currie - July 10

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 unprecedented level!

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 Stadium Project.

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!).

Wildcats Give Back Big in 2013-14

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K-State student-athletes spend time hosting the annual K-State Special Olympics clinic on April 6, 2014

July 9, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Despite juggling busy schedules between class and sport, K-State student-athletes spent time outside of their playing venues this past year helping out in the Manhattan community. Among the 16 athletic programs at K-State, more than 2,500 hours were volunteered from the student-athletes during the 2013-14 academic year.

Sheridan Zarda Finds Comfort in Family Feeling

July 7, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

There were many components that drew K-State volleyball's new defensive specialist Sheridan Zarda to K-State, however none were more important than family.

Mind over Matter

July 4, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Ian Connole loves his job - there's no doubt about that.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - July 2

Good Morning K-State Fans!
 
The month of July is upon us, which always means two things: the July 4 holiday filled with food and fun with friends and family, and it also marks the beginning of another fiscal year here at K-State Athletics, Inc.

In my last letter, I shared that for FY14 we will have a balanced budget and achieve a surplus for the fifth straight year. I appreciate our coaches and staff for continuing to make budget-conscious decisions each and every day as well as all of Wildcat Nation for filling our stadiums all year long and participating in the Ahearn Fund.

In keeping with our commitment to transparency, today it is our pleasure to share with you our projected fiscal year 2015 budgeted revenues and expenses, and if you click here you can see both sides of our annual "budget card" - which of course I'll be carrying in my pocket at all times!

Summer Bridge Program Provides Smoother Transition

July 2, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

While the summer may be a time of relaxation for some, for incoming K-State student-athletes, it's just the opposite.

All in the Design

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The view from Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, a course former K-State men's golfer Ty Schrock designed with Jack Nicklaus. (All photos courtesy of Ty Schrock)

June 30, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

When it comes to golf, it's all in the design. 

Johnson Prepares for Future through NCAA Career in Sports Forum

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K-State's Taylor Johnson spikes the ball against Siena at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on September 7, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

June 27, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Come December, K-State volleyball senior Taylor Johnson's competitive sports career will come to an end. 

Q&A with New Men's Golf Coach Grant Robbins

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New K-State men's golf coach Grant Robbins, his wife Brooke and their children, Bryce and Brayden, outside the Colbert Hills clubhouse Thursday morning. (Photo: Rod Mikinski)

By Kelly McHugh
June 25, 2014

For new K-State men's golf head coach Grant Robbins, the past three weeks have been a whirlwind. Since arriving in Manhattan in late May, he's spent his days getting used to a new system as well as spending time on the road recruiting future Wildcats.