Friends of Cougar Pride

    The H Association

    "H" Association
    The "H" Association is a self-endowed, non-profit organization of the varsity letterwinners in the NCAA sanctioned sports sponsored by the University of Houston. It was established to serve as a primary support group for all intercollegiate athletic endeavors of the university.

    Anyone who has been awarded at least one varsity letter is eligible to be a member of the "H" Association. The "H" Association's activities include fundraising, regular meetings, socials, and special projects; all designed to serve (1) as a welcoming environment for Cougar letterwinners and (2) as a vehicle to raise and donate funds to Houston Athletics. Some of the opportunities that help foster support for Houston Athletics include the "H" Association Golf Tournament, pre-game tailgates at football games, support of team reunions and the annual all-sports banquet, among other endeavors. The "H" Association also provides over $30,000 annually to Cougar Pride each year.

    Shasta's Squad
    Houston Athletics wants all fans to be a part of the fun, even the youngest Cougars. Shasta's Squad is for kids 8th grade and younger wanting to be a part of the coolest kids club around. Shasta's Squad members receive great benefits including a birthday card, newsletter and invitations to special events, including the Shasta's Squad kick-off party.

    For more information on sport-specific gifts, the "H" Association or Shasta's Squad, please contact Cougar Pride at (713) 743-GOUH (4684).

    Sport-Specific Gifts
    The purpose of sport-specific gifts is to support additional fundraising efforts by the University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Designed to assist each sports program in achieving national recognition for excellence while enhancing community awareness and spirit, donors can restrict donations to the sport of their choice.

    Funds will be utilized as supplemental monies to the designated sport's current budgetary needs such as summer school, staff and general program upgrades.

    Annual sport-specific gifts are tax-deductible to the extent the contribution exceeds the value of any benefits received in return. Please contact your tax advisor regarding this important information. Sport-specific gifts do not count toward Cougar Pride benefits, including seating and parking opportunities. Donors will receive priority points for their gifts.

    Coog Crew
    Cougar Pride wants all current UH students to join the OFFICIAL student spirit group of Houston Athletics to help give a home field advantage at all athletic events.

    Coog Crew hosts tailgates before every home football game and have other select tailgates for different sports as well as organizing a road trip to an away football game every year. For only $20, Coog Crew members receive the following benefits:

    • CoogCrewt-shirt
    • Priority seating at UH events
    • Membershipcardwhich includes discounts to sponsors
    • Free Tailgates
    • Discounted opportunitiesto travel to selected away contests

    To donate to Coog Crew, please contact Cougar Pride at cougarpride@uh.edu or (713) 743-GOUH (4684).

    Young Alumni Club
    The Young Alumni Program offers current students and students who graduated within the last three years Cougar Pride benefits and points, the opportunity to network with established alumni and continue their support of Houston Athletics. Cougar Pride points and benefits are awarded at all donor levels at a reduced rate, allowing young donors the chance to attend athletic luncheons, meet coaches and players, as well as attend alumni networking events.

    For example, if a Young Alumni graduated in the Fall of 2011 or Spring of 2012 and made a Captain's Club ($250) donation, they would receive all the member benefits of the All-American Club ($1,000 level).

    Year 1 - 25% of Donor Level
    Year 2 - 50% of Donor Level
    Year 3 - 75% of Donor Level
    Year 4 - 100% of Donor Level

    Trade/Gift-In-Kind
    Cougar Pride often accepts gift-in-kind that will help offset budget costs and in return provides Cougar Pride credit for the gift. Restaurants, promotional products, facility improvement products and office supplies are just a few of the many types of gift-in-kind for which Houston Athletics is willing to provide Cougar Pride credit. If you are interested in providing trade, or have more questions, please contact Cougar Pride.

    Wheels Club
    The Wheels Club is designed to aid Houston Athletics in promoting its sport programs in the areas of recruiting, scouting, public relations and fundraising. It allows auto dealers and donors the opportunity to directly impact the success of Houston Athletics by providing a personal benefit for them common to most NCAA Division I athletic programs.

    The Wheels Club is of great benefit in terms of cost savings and convenience. Therefore, in appreciation of our car dealers, we offer recognition and benefits to exhibit the high esteem we hold for each dealer including: ticket purchase allotment for home events, trip for two on a team charter, recognition in game programs and public address announcements at all home events. Contact Cougar Pride at cougarpride@uh.edu or (713) 743-GOUH (4684).

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