DAVIS, Calif. - When the 2016-17 academic year ended on June 30, so did a highly successful fundraising year for UC Davis Athletics. The Aggies saw a burgeoning donor base provide support at historic levels: Donations, benefiting over 60 funds within the department, reached an all-time high of $4.9 million, breaking the previous record (set in 2010-2011) by nearly $1.3 million.
"Achieving and sustaining competitive success in modern college athletics requires a substantial financial commitment. The need for resources is especially apparent for athletics programs, like ours, that are dedicated to ensuring student-athletes thrive academically, in their personal and professional development," said Director of Athletics Kevin Blue.
"I would like to thank our alumni, fans, and friends of Aggie Athletics for the strong level of support during my first year. I'd also like to recognize our staff for their hard work. There is a sense on campus, and in the community, that we are moving in the right direction. We are very encouraged about our future."
A notable fundraising milestone during Blue's first year took place when the families of Mike Child and Steve Meisel created UC Davis' first endowed head coaching position. Thanks to their generous contributions, the head coaching position for men's water polo, held by Dan Leyson, was renamed the Child and Meisel Families Director of Men's Water Polo. This groundbreaking commitment will help members of the men's water polo program thrive as scholars and competitors.
Due to the increased level of donor support, the department restructured the well-known Team Aggie program -- the primary mechanism for contributing to UC Davis Athletics. Donors can now specifically support any team, or area, and still enjoy benefits offered by the previous program.
"Alumni and friends alike can support the future of our programs, and can do so directly to a specific sport or team that they are most passionate about," said Rob Norris, assistant athletic director for development. "Our donors can feel confident that their support goes directly to the team or cause they choose, without exception."
Click here to transform the lives of student-athletes by making a secure online gift, or visit www.TeamAggie.com to learn how your investment helps UC Davis Athletics provide world-class opportunities and experiences for members of its 23 varsity sports.