Jan. 27, 2014
HOUSTON – Cougar Pride, the fundraising arm of the Houston Athletics Department, announced record annual donations for 2013 on Monday. More than 2,500 Cougar Pride members combined to donate $3.5 million in support of Houston student-athletes, topping the previous annual record of $3.1 million.
The record number does not include private donations to any capital campaigns or donations to one of the 12 sport specific booster clubs.
“We cannot thank our supporters enough. They are the lifeblood of our department and, without their support, our student-athletes would not be able to enjoy success in the classroom and on the field. They truly are inspiring excellence today while preparing leaders for life,” said Houston’s Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades. “While we are very appreciative of the dollars raised, we know we still have a surmountable challenge in front of us as we continue to expand our donor base and donations received.”
With the $3.5 million year, Houston ranks eighth among current American Athletic Conference programs in annual giving and is $700,000 behind seventh-place Cincinnati.
The $3.5 million year gives Cougar Pride an increase of $1.8 million in annual funds raised since $1.7 million was collected in 2009.
“Our Cougar Pride team has done a phenomenal job over the last year culminating in a record amount of funds raised in support of our student-athletes,” said Houston Associate AD for External Relations Jeramiah Dickey. “We realize, however, we have only scratched the surface of our potential and continue to push forward to a number of goals including fully funding student-athlete scholarships.”
The mission of Cougar Pride is to provide financial support for student-athlete scholarships and priority needs of the athletic department while fostering camaraderie, sportsmanship and school pride among students, faculty & staff, alumni and friends of Houston Athletics.
The annual cost per full scholarship to educate these men and women for the 2013-14 year is more than $20,000 and on the rise. Cougar Pride’s long term goal is to fully fund all Houston student-athlete scholarships on an annual basis. Despite Cougar Pride reaching its 2013 fundraising goals with an all-time annual fundraising record, it still fell short by approximately $1.8 million of fully funding the financial aid of all Houston student-athletes. To offset 2014-15 scholarship costs of over $6 million, the Cougar Pride fundraising goal is $4.1 million in 2014.
To join Cougar Pride and support nearly 385 Houston student-athletes or more information on donating, contact the Cougar Pride office by phone at 713-743-GoUH (4684) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 HOUSTON FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS
Houston fans can currently place deposits for 2014 season tickets, the first in the new Houston Football Stadium, at UHCougars.com. A $50 deposit will allow fans to participate in the Season Ticket Select-A-Seat process in the spring of 2014. The $50 deposit is not a fee and will go towards the cost of season tickets. 2014 Season tickets in the new stadium begin at just $140.