Aug. 26, 2009
On the brink of reaching its five-year goal of raising $90 million for its 18-sport intercollegiate athletic program, Baylor Athletics' five-year "Victory With Integrity capital campaign now hopes to generate an additional $10 million as the campaign heads into the home stretch, Director of Athletics Ian McCaw announced today.
"We are on pace to reach and exceed the five-year, $90 million goal and have recently established $100 million as our stretch goal for the campaign," McCaw said. "God has shown us great favor over the past four and one-half years of Victory With Integrity and we are hopeful to finish strong over the next six months."
Originally approved by Baylor's Board of Regents on Feb. 4, 2005, the "Victory with Integrity" campaign has generated $89.1 million for Baylor Athletics through capital projects ($61.2 million), endowment growth ($7.2 million) and annual giving ($20.7 million). The campaign was an outgrowth of the department's five-year strategic plan, "Above and Beyond."
"The success of Victory With Integrity is directly related to the momentum that Baylor Athletics is experiencing," McCaw said. "I want to express my deepest appreciation to our generous donors, commend the athletics and university development team for their work and recognize the vital contribution that our coaches, staff and student-athletes have made through the success of our teams.
Athletic facilities which have been constructed during the campaign include the Highers Athletics Complex and Simpson Athletics and Academic Center; Jay and Jenny Allison Indoor Football Practice Facility; Lt. Jack Whetsel Jr. Basketball Practice Facility, and Phases II & III of Grant Teaff Plaza and club seating area enhancements at Floyd Casey Stadium. In addition, several existing athletic facilities have undergone improvements and renovations.
"I came to Baylor University after this campaign was well underway, but I have been impressed by the generous support of Baylor's faithful donors," said Dennis Prescott, Baylor's Vice President of University Development. "Despite recent economic concerns our alumni and friends have continued to support the University and our student-athletes, and for that we are grateful."
Baylor's athletic endowment at the campaign's start was $16.95 million, however, it has grown to more than $24.2 million since, an increase of more than $7.2 million.
The Baylor Bear Foundation has enjoyed five consecutive record-breaking years, capped by a record $6.346 million contribution for scholarship support of Baylor's 18 intercollegiate athletics programs during the recently completed 2008-09 fiscal year. Over the last five years, the Bear Foundation's support has more than doubled, from $3.015 million in 2004-05 to the record-breaking 2008-09 total. The Bear Foundation topped the $4 million mark in support for the first time in 2006-07 and reached $5 million the following year.
Academically, Baylor student-athletes continue to set the bar high in the classroom, producing a school-record 462, 2008-09 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selections and leading the Big 12 Conference in the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate (84) for the third consecutive year.
In 2008-09, Baylor won five Big 12 Conference championships, which tied Oklahoma for the second-most crowns behind Texas' league-leading seven titles this past year, and a school-record 14 teams participated in postseason play as Baylor placed 33rd in the Learfield Directors' Cup national all-sports standings.
Since 2004-05, Baylor teams have won 25 Big 12 championships to rank second behind Texas' 44 titles and ahead of Texas A&M (24), Oklahoma (23) and Nebraska (22).
"I have been greatly encouraged by the number of substantial gifts coming from members of the Baylor Family who have not previously been major investors in Athletics. At the same time, there are others with proposals in hand or who are considering making gifts, and we need their support if Baylor Athletics is to reach its full potential," McCaw said.
For information about supporting Baylor Athletics through annual, endowed or capital gifts, please contact Rick Darnell, Rob Kennedy or Doug Smith at 254.710.2582.