A Letter from A.D. John Currie - August 3, 2016

Good Morning K-State Nation!

It is hard to believe August is already upon us and the start of the 2016-17 school year is right around the corner.  With our fall teams reporting for preseason camps, along with a busy weekend ahead, we have plenty of updates to share today.  So let’s get right to it!

Streb Captures Top 10 Finish in PGA’s Final Major
It was exciting to see former Wildcat Robert Streb contending for the PGA Championship last weekend as his second-round 63 tied a PGA record for lowest round ever in a Major and catapulted him into a tie for the lead heading into the third round of play.  Robert went on to finish in a tie for seventh place after playing his third and fourth rounds on Sunday after rain postponed Saturday’s action.  Congrats to Robert on a terrific performance!

Busy Weekend Ahead as Fall Sports Report
Wildcat fans will get the opportunity to see a few of our teams up close this weekend, including the debut of the inaugural K-State Soccer team with its Purple/White scrimmage at 7 p.m. Saturday at the new K-State Soccer Stadium adjacent to Tointon Family Stadium on College Ave.  Earlier on Saturday, Coach Weber and the men’s basketball team will host an open scrimmage at 2:30 p.m. before departing on a 10-day trip to Italy and Switzerland.  Doors to Bramlage Coliseum open at 2 p.m. and following the scrimmage players and coaches will be available for autographs.  Coach Snyder and our football team will take part in their annual media and photo day Saturday afternoon before hosting fans Saturday, August 13, for the annual Fan Appreciation Day festivities.  Stay tuned for more details on that event, including the opportunity to purchase a one-day-only ticket package that includes a souvenir mini-helmet which can be used at the Fan Appreciation Day autograph session.

Football Sales Update
Excitement is building for the 2016 season, Coach Snyder’s 25th year at the helm of the Wildcats, as a limited number of single-game tickets remain for our six home games.  Only 500 adjoining tickets remain for the 8th annual Family Reunion home opener against FAU on September 17, and less than 40 remain for the homecoming matchup against Texas on October 22 as we look to extend our sellout streak to 33-straight games.  Click here for more ticket information and to secure your place in Bill Snyder Family Stadium this fall. And another reminder about our new clear bag policy that will go into effect this season for all of our ticketed sports – in addition to the September 10 Wildcat Kickoff Classic concert at BSFS.  Click here for more on that policy.

Olympic Games to Feature Numerous Wildcats
Be sure and tune in to the Rio Olympic Games beginning this week as seven current or former Wildcat track and field athletes will be competing for their respective countries, and head coach Cliff Rovelto will be on the Team USA track and field staff as an assistant coach working with the multi events.  Click here for our Olympic homepage on k-statesports.com and follow all of the Wildcats in action as they begin their quest for an Olympic medal!

NLC Membership Reaches New Mark
Last month we released our year-end financials that included a balanced budget for the seventh consecutive year and another record year for annual cash donations – you can click here for that announcement.  Also, our National Leadership Circle (NLC) membership – donors of $10,000 or more annually – grew to 500 members for the first time in department history, and I would like to take a moment to thank Steve and Patricia Baccus of Minneapolis, Kansas, for becoming the 500th member on the final day of fiscal year 2016.  Stay tuned later this month for a Sports Extra piece on the Baccus family and the importance of the growth of our NLC participants.

Many Football Greats Return for No Stone Unturned Event
It was great to see so many Wildcat greats back in town for last month’s No Stone Unturned golf tournament and event, including Eric Wolford and his wife Melinda, who created the foundation after being inspired when their son Stone was diagnosed at 2 years of age with Cardio-Facio-Cutaneous Syndrome (CFC Syndrome), a rare genetic syndrome.  Coach Snyder always talks about K-State being comprised of people who genuinely care, and this is a strong testament to that statement.  You can click here for more information on the No Stone Unturned Foundation.

Fall Season Fast Approaching
Football season is right around the corner, and we look forward to seeing Manhattan buzzing with fans throughout the course of our six-game home football schedule.  Here in the #1 College Town in America, the growth of our city, especially in the area of hotel accommodations and restaurants, has played a big part in such an accolade.  One may assume that hotels in Manhattan for football season are few and far between, but I would like to point out that we have added close to 10 new hotel and lodging properties over the past couple of years, and there is more availability and hotel options now than ever before!  Be sure and visit the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau website for more information.

Phillip Phillips to Join ZBB/Train at Wildcat Kickoff Concert
Prior to our home football opener against FAU, don’t forget about our special concert festival at Bill Snyder Family Stadium featuring Zac Brown Band, Train and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips on September 10.  Tickets still remain for the event, so visit www.wildcatkickoff for more information and to order your tickets for this one-of-a-kind event.

That will do it for today.  Thank you for your support of Wildcat student-athletes, and be sure to follow K-State Athletics on all of our various social media platforms - Twitter (@kstatesports), Facebook (K-State Sports), Instagram (kstatesports), Snapchat (kstatesports) and YouTube (K-State Sports).

Go Cats!

John