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The Campaign For Fearless Champions

Aug. 29, 2014

Texas Tech announced The Campaign for Fearless Champions at a news conference Friday afternoon at the Football Training Facility.

The Campaign for Fearless Champions is a comprehensive athletics campaign that will significantly impact every student-athlete and all 17 sports. The campaign includes four components and is the first athletic specific campaign in university history.

The Campaign for Fearless Champions will:

  • Enhance athletic facilities
  • Invest in the athletic scholarship endowment
  • Grow the Leadership Academy
  • Provide for the future of Texas Tech Athletics

    By impacting athletic facilities, scholarship endowments and the Fearless Champions Leadership Academy, The Campaign for Fearless Champions will impact every student-athlete in every sport. The initiative totals $185 million with $75 million already committed from generous Texas Tech friends and donors.

    Facilities

    Texas Tech's goal of providing state-of-the-art facilities for its student-athletes is at the forefront of The Campaign for Fearless Champions. Progress towards the facility upgrades/additions is underway as a total of eight projects have recently been completed or have been funded and are in progress. Those projects include:

  • United Supermarkets Arena Team Facilities Renovations
  • Indoor Soccer Facility
  • Football Video Board
  • North End Zone Colonnade
  • United Supermarkets Arena Weight Room Renovation
  • Baseball Grandstand and Clubhouse Roof
  • Track and Field Team Building
  • The Rawls Course Bunker Restoration

    A total of 25 facility projects are the focus of the campaign and will include the construction of an indoor football training facility, a renovation of the south end zone stadium building and a new indoor track and field complex.

    Scholarship Endowment

    Another major component of the campaign is the growth of the athletics scholarship endowment. The athletics department has set a goal to raise $10 million in new scholarship endowments to reach a total endowment goal of $20 million. Increasing scholarship endowments to $20 million by the year 2020 represents a critical investment in the future of Texas Tech student-athletes and the academic mission of the university.

    Fearless Champions Leadership Academy

    This comprehensive program, led by Hall of Fame Coach Marsha Sharp, will ensure that student-athletes are prepared for success after graduation. The program focuses on developing character for a lifetime and preparing students to be a positive influence in their communities. The campaign seeks to raise $5 million to establish an endowment that will fund leadership academy curriculum and programming. The leadership academy will develop, challenge and support Texas Tech student athletes in their continual quest to become world-class leaders in athletics, academics and life.

    Provide For The Future

    The fourth component of the campaign will help provide for the future of Texas Tech Athletics. The athletics department has set a goal to raise $10 million in new planned gifts. Planned gifts are a crucial investment in the department's future and provide an opportunity for Red Raiders to leave a lasting legacy on Texas Tech Athletics.

    University Leadership On The Campaign For Fearless Champions

    "There has never been more excitement and opportunity for our athletic programs at Texas Tech University. We are committed to developing and graduating high-character student athletes, and The Campaign for Fearless Champions will impact each one of them as we take Texas Tech athletics to new heights. In reaching these levels of national prominence, we will need the continued support of our fellow Red Raiders, fans and friends not only in the stands, but also through contributions to this campaign."
    TTU System Chancellor Robert Duncan

    Texas Tech University is an emerging institution nationally in all areas, including athletics. The future of college athletics and its impact on universities' academic missions will likely be unparalleled by the past. Moving forward it is vital for us to compete at the highest levels, both athletically and academically. Today's announcement is one that represents a step in reaching a new level of competitiveness."
    Dr. Duane Nellis, President, Texas Tech University

    "We as a Red Raider nation believe we have a bold future in front of us. We embrace the rising expectations we have for ourselves. With that we believe we have the ability to experience unprecedented success as an athletics program as we move forward. The Campaign for Fearless Champions, obviously, is one of the components of our plan as to how we are going to achieve national success. It's the right time for us to look at and prepare for our future. Our time is now to continue to elevate Texas Tech athletics to the top nationally."
    Kirby Hocutt, Director of Athletics

    For more information or to make a donation to The Campaign for Fearless Champions, visit the campaign website located at www.give2tech.com/athletics

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