July 18, 2013
WACO, Texas - For the ninth consecutive year, the Baylor Bear Foundation will provide a record-breaking gift to Baylor Athletics, as the generosity of its 3,000 members allowed it to raise more than $9.3 million in scholarship support for the school's 19-sport intercollegiate athletics program during the 2012-13 fiscal year.
"This has been a truly exceptional year for the Bear Foundation," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "To have a record-breaking year concurrent with the Baylor Stadium campaign, when more than $100 million in capital support was raised, is a credit to Baylor Nation and our loyal donors. The momentum of Baylor Athletics and success of our student-athletes and teams is a direct result of the financial support that comes from Bear Foundation members."
For the most-recent fiscal year, which ended May 31, the Bear Foundation contributed a record $9.3 million for scholarship support of Baylor's 19 intercollegiate programs. The BBF's 2012-13 contribution is an increase of more than $1M over its 2011-12 then-record gift of $8.3 million, and its annual giving total ($7 million) was also a Foundation record. The Bear Foundation's year-end totals do not reflect any capital gifts received during the year.
"I'm very proud of everyone that participated in this year's fund drive that resulted in another record-breaking year," said Doug Smith, Executive Associate Athletic Director and Executive Director of the BBF. "It all starts with the success of our coaches and student athletes but I also want to thank and give special mention to our staff, board of directors and all our volunteers who helped mke this year's fund raising year a success for Baylor athletics."
Over the last nine years, the Bear Foundation's annual support of scholarships for Baylor's student-athletes has nearly tripled, from $3.312 million in 2004-05 to 2012-13's record-breaking total. The Bear Foundation topped the $4 million mark for the first time in 2006-07, reached $5 million the following year (2007-08), topped $6 million for the first time in 2008-09 and cleared the $7 million threshold in 2009-10 before surpassing the $8 million mark a year ago and climbing past $9 million for the first time ever this past year. Annual giving has grown from $2.565 million in 2004-05 to more than $7.057 million during the recently completed academic year.
A year after watching all 19 of its teams reach postseason play for the first time in school history, Baylor's 2012-13 athletic season wasn't a bad encore, as it advanced 17 of its 19 teams to postseason play and won five Big 12 Conference championships. The five conference titles were one shy of a school record and brought the Bears' all-time Big 12 total to 50 championships, which ranks fourth among current Big 12 teams. BU ranks second in the league with 41 titles claimed since 2003-04.
Baylor football earned a third consecutive bowl bid and won the 2012 Holiday Bowl, finishing the season with a four-game winning streak including a victory over No. 1 Kansas State. The men's basketball squad won the NIT to claim the first national tournament championship in the program's 107-year history.
Baylor's women's basketball, soccer and men's tennis programs all advanced to the Sweet 16 in their respective NCAA Championships, and soccer and women's basketball claimed Big 12 Conference tournament titles and men's tennis, women's tennis and women's basketball earned Big 12 regular season championships.
In the classroom, Baylor tied the University of Texas for first place among league schools with its 71 percent student-athlete federal graduation rate, the sixth time in the Big 12's 17-year history it has finished with the league's top grad rate. A school-record tying 630 student-athletes were named to the Big 12's 2012-13 Commissioner's Honor Rolls, while a Baylor-record 159 student-athletes earned Academic All-Big 12 honors and a record 256 were named to Baylor's Deans List. In addition, Baylor had a school-record six Capital One Academic All-Americans, including one Academic All-American of the Year for their respective sport, and four Big 12 Scholar-Athletes.
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 the Foundation office at 254.710.2582.