July 12, 2010
- For the sixth time in as many years Baylor Athletics' primary fundraising arm, the Bear Foundation, has experienced a record-breaking year thanks to the continued generosity of its fans and friends.
For the 2009-10 fiscal year, which ended May 31, the Bear Foundation contributed a record $6.509 million for scholarship support of Baylor's 19 intercollegiate athletics programs through annual giving ($4.5 million), endowment interest ($1.250 million) and sky box revenues ($758,835). The BBF's 2009-10 contribution is an increase of nearly $200,000 over its 2008-09 then-record of $6.363 million.
"This year's record-breaking fund drive is a credit to our generous and loyal donors, the diligence of our volunteers and the outstanding work of the Bear Foundation staff. It is especially rewarding that the Bear Foundation achieved this milestone during the same year that we successfully concluded the Victory With Integrity campaign," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "With the growing support of Baylor Nation and the momentum emanating from this year's many accomplishments, Baylor Athletics is positioned for a special year in 2010-11."
The Bear Foundation's year-ending totals do not reflect any capital gifts received during the year. After opening the $36 million Highers Athletics Complex, which includes the Simpson Athletics and Academic Center, in November 2008, the Jay and Jenny Allison Indoor Practice Facility was dedicated in September 2009. Enhancements to the Baylor Tennis Center, which includes the Hurd Tennis Building, were completed in January 2010, and later this summer Getterman Stadium's indoor practice facility will come online.
Over the last six years, the Bear Foundation's annual support of scholarships for Baylor's student-athletes has nearly doubled, from $3.312 million in 2004-05 to the record-breaking 2009-10 total. The Bear Foundation topped the $4 million mark for the first time in 2006-07 and reached $5 million the following year. Annual giving has grown from $2.565 million in 2004-05 to more than $4.500 million during the recently completed academic year.
"We are proud to announce that 2010 saw the most funds ever raised by the Baylor Bear Foundation," said Baylor Bear Foundation President Chris Manning. "We greatly thank our volunteers and the BBF staff, as this record year would not have been achieved without their tireless work and faithful dedication."
Academically, Baylor student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, producing a school-record 492 2009-10 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selections, a school-record seven ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and three NCAA Elite 88 Award winners while ranking tied for second among Big 12 institutions in Graduation Success Rate (77) during the recently completed academic year.
In 2009-10, Baylor won three Big 12 Conference championships, produced a school-record 14 postseason teams for the second straight year and recorded its second-highest finish ever (31st) in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup all-sports sweepstakes.
Individuals looking to join the Baylor Bear Foundation or purchase premium season tickets to football, men's basketball or women's basketball games, may call 254.710.2582.