Dear Wildcat Baseball Alumni and Friends:

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I want to personally thank you for your continued support of Kansas State Baseball. The past eight years as Head Coach of your Cats, I have seen continual improvement of our facilities, attendance at home games, support from our alumni and friends, and success on the baseball field and in the classroom. Many of our facility projects and upgrades directly relate to your involvement in the DiamondCats Club.

As we made our final payment on the SportTec Video System in October, we are pushing ahead with another major project for our program. We are excited to announce our Sound System Project for Tointon Family Stadium.

Our Athletic Department's theme since John Currie came on board 2½ years ago has been to promote the best fan experience in the Big 12. Tointon Family Stadium is arguably the fan friendliest stadium in the Big 12 in terms of seating proximity to field, cleanliness, view of the field, feeling a part of the action during contests, being physically close to players and coaches (not always good), and the beautiful new AstroTurf surface add to the amenities of the ballpark. The one major drawback to the atmosphere is the lack of a quality sound system.

The qualities of our stadium quickly diminish when the sound system is involved with PA announcements, music being played during games and pre game activities, and our practice sessions. Unfortunately, the current sound system is the original with the construction of the stadium. It is old and outdated with its capabilities that can really add to a game atmosphere.

Unfortunately, the speakers sound is distorted and they are in a terrible location where fans in the stands complain at the volume during games, but players and coaches can't hear anything on the playing field. I have witnessed this myself during summer recruiting, as I sit in the stands near the top of the stadium or in chairs outside the suites. It is very unpleasant and I find myself yelling at the guys in the pressbox to turn the volume down.

The athletic department agrees with the present need of a new sound system at our stadium. They have recommended a first class system that was recently installed at McCain Auditorium and includes features that would enhance the atmosphere at our games. The installation on our new poles that support our backstop net is a tremendous idea and will properly displace the sound throughout the stadium and on the field. However, the administration will not fund the full amount of the project, but will pay for half of the proposed cost of the system. I found out that this is not a boombox operation and the approximate cost of the full system is roughly $70-75,000.

I am once again asking the DiamondCats membership to step up in a big way and help us out with this project. You continue to support our program in many different ways and this would be another major addition to our program. My goal would be to install next November, so the system is in place for the 2013 season. Our DiamondCats fund is currently at $19,000, but my goal is for the fund to have a constant balance of $25,000 and we spend only what is in surplus to that amount.

With that being said, the amount we need to fund raise for this project before next November would be between $30-35,000. Our current list of alumni and friends of the program is over 500 members. The past 2 years we have averaged 35 memberships to the DiamondCats Club and the year we promoted the Video System we had over 50 memberships. That's less than 10% of our alumni involved with our program on an annual basis. My goal would be to have a constant membership well over 100.

Every donation matters, even if it is just $50, we are looking to strengthen our number of alumni involved. Please consider joining the DiamondCats Club and if you have been a member in the past, encourage your teammates and friends to become involved once again with the Wildcat Baseball program. This is exciting times for us and we would like for you to be a part of it. EMAW!!


Thank you for your support!
Brad Hill
Head Baseball Coach

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The Diamond Cats Club is a way for former K-State baseball players to become a part of and support the current program. Through this club, money is generated specifically for the baseball program at K-State.

From the Head Coach

Our former players have played a vital role in today's programs success, while those of you who watch from the stands are equally significant. Your gifts are very important to us now and we have several more projects in mind for the upcoming year.

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Dear Former Wildcat Baseball Players and Friends of K-State Baseball:

Thank You for your support thoughout our successful 2013 season which provided a first Big 12 Championship, Regional Host in Manhattan, and Super Regional Appearance in Corvallis, OR. We appreciate your congratulatory notes, emails, and attendance at our games during our record setting season. Obviously expectations are high for 2014 season, as Omaha has now become a realistic goal.

As our success on the field was at an all time high, we envision our support of Wildcat Baseball through DiamondCat Club membership to reach an all time high this year. The Sound System project will be completed at the end of November this fall. We truly appreciate those who contributed toward this project. This year we would like to add some equipment to our weight room and finish our All-American Wall in our Lounge. The estimated cost is going to be around $20,000-$25,000. We will not spend below the $25,000 balance for us to maintain yearly. Currently we have $30,000 in our DiamondCat fund, leaving $20,000 raised for these projects for 2014.

Again, we are preparing for record setting numbers in terms of dollars and membership. Last year we had close to 55 member which represents 10% of our alumni. I know we can grow to 25-30% in the near future. Thanks for your support and consideration of joining the DiamondCats for 2014.

Thank You In advance for your support of Wildcat Baseball!

/// Coach Brad Hill

Who can be a member?

Membership in Diamond Cats is limited to former K-State Baseball players.

Who can donate?

Anyone! All it takes is a desire to see K-State become a dominant force in NCAA Baseball.

Where does the money go?

All money goes directly to the baseball program and is used for facility & equipment improvements.

Anyone can donate to Diamond Cats!If you care about K-State Baseball, you can help.

Becoming a Member

If you are a former baseball player at Kansas State, and you share our vision of making K-State a championship caliber program, then this club is for you. Membership is exclusive to former players, though anyone is welcome to donate. Choose the membership level that is right for you, and receive these great benefits as our way of saying thank you for your support.

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Membership Levels and Benefits

Recent Graduate
$50
Newsletter; Recognition in the Media Guide;
Weekly Email Updates during the season
Must have completed eligibility and/or graduated in 2009-13
Single
$100
Official Game Hat; Media Guide; Newsletter; Recognition in the Media Guide; Weekly Email Updates during the season
Double
$250
K-State Polo Shirt; Official Game Hat; Media Guide; Newsletter;
Recognition in the Media Guide; Weekly Email Updates during the season
Triple
$500
K-State Jacket; K-State Polo Shirt; Official Game Hat; Media Guide; Newsletter;
Recognition in the Media Guide; Weekly Email Updates during the season
Home run
$1000
K-State Batting practice Top; K-State Jacket; K-State Polo Shirt;
Official Game Hat; Media Guide; Newsletter; Recognition in the Media Guide; Weekly Email Updates during the season
Grand Slam
$2500 +
First Pitch Opportunity; Big 12 Watch; K-State Batting practice Top; K-State Jacket; K-State Polo Shirt; Official Game Hat; Media Guide; Newsletter; Recognition in the Media Guide; Weekly Email Updates during the season

 Tax Deductions & Ahearn Fund Priority Points

Donations to Diamond Cats are tax deductible, please check with your tax advisor on percentages. All gifts will be awarded priority point in the K-State Priority Point System, however, your contribution does not count towards annual requirements for other sports.

Each year we have unexpected needs that arise that fall outside our budget parameters. We need outside financial assistance to meet these needs. Facility upgrades are also needed in the near future and funds remaining in the Diamond Cat account each year can accumulate to assist in meeting these needs.

The support of Diamond Cats has allowed us to implement numerous upgrades in our facility, purchase new equipment, including the most important equipment upgrade to date with the installation of the Sportstec Video System. The financial support allows us to impact many aspects of our program that enhances our recruiting efforts and the efforts of our current players on the field.

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