– With the closing of the recent fiscal year, UMass Athletics development arm, The Minutemen Club, has announced a record $2.6 million in annual donations during that span. As momentum grows throughout UMass' athletic programs, so too has the support from fans, alumni and friends of the University. Over the last two fiscal years, annual donations have grown by $1 million with the year ending on June 30, 2018 eclipsing the previous high of $2.1 million during the 2017 fiscal year.
"Support for our athletic programs has continued to increase as we work to provide a first-class experience for our student-athletes," said Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford
. "Our department is moving in a positive direction, as we are seeing great successes both athletically and academically. The momentum for UMass Athletics is real as evidenced by the financial investments from numerous stakeholders which impacts our growth and ability to sustain success."
The Minutemen Club saw another record year during the University's annual two-day giving initiative, UMass Gives. A total of 1,573 gifts equaling $165,672
were made which were new records for both. The total number of gifts made also doubled the next highest unit on the UMass campus. Perhaps most notable about this year's UMass Gives challenge was that over 52 percent of current student-athletes made gifts to invest support into their own programs. Six programs had their entire teams make gifts: football, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, softball, women's soccer and women's swimming and diving.
Another exciting announcement made this fiscal year was the $5.58 million gift commitment by Marty Jacobson '68
. Jacobson's gift will provide support necessary to design and construct a seasonal air-supported indoor structure at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Two other key fundraising projects this year were the Bob and Marianne Foote Academic Success Center
in the Boyden Building and a new lacrosse scoreboard at Garber Field.
The Minutemen Club has been an invaluable resource for the UMass Athletic Department since it was established in 1991. Originally started as the UMass Athletic Fund, the Minutemen Club has broadened its purpose to include programmatic support for student-athletes, capital gifts and endowments. Annual gifts to the Minutemen Club support all 21 varsity sports and more than 650 student-athletes. Donations to the Minutemen Club help fund the needs for academic support services, athletic training, strength & conditioning, team budgets (including recruiting, travel and equipment), and facilities.
Future support is crucial to the ongoing success of UMass teams. For more information on how you can make a difference in the lives of UMass student-athletes, visit TheMinutemenClub.com
or contact the Minutemen Club at 413-545-4290.