Competitive athletic success is important to Texas A&M University. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the 12th Man Foundation serves as a conduit for donors to provide financial stability to Aggie athletics. That stability and support ultimately brings success to our programs, which ultimately fuels pride among our former students and fans. The Aggie commitment to winning the right way (in compliance with NCAA rules and with tremendous team effort) serves as a valuable public relations tool to tell our university's bold story while inspiring philanthropic giving to all areas of A&M.
There is no question that Texas A&M provides an excellent, unique and rewarding academic experience. Student-athletes regularly excel in the classroom in an environment that encourages athletes to earn a degree in four years. In the spring 2016 semester, 314 student-athletes earned at least a 3.0 GPA. Incredibly, nine teams posted an average GPA of 3.0 or higher, and dozens of student-athletes graduate each semester with degrees from across all colleges at Texas A&M.
Texas A&M Athletics emphasizes the importance of education by providing services to assist, direct, support, and promote student development, academic achievement, and career enhancement while upholding the standards of honor, integrity and professionalism. At A&M, this happens before and after graduation. The Alice and Erle Nye '59 Academic Center, located in the Bright Football Complex, is the cornerstone of academic success for student-athletes. The facility allows for every Aggie athlete to utilize the building simultaneously and provides classroom and meeting space, tutoring and learning labs, study areas, laptops, calculators and a full staff of academic tutors and advisors. The Department of Athletics also provides a number of career-enhancing opportunities, including resume workshops, career fairs, financial education classes and networking events, among others.
Coaching is critical to winning a national or conference title. By attracting the best coaches in the country, Texas A&M ensures our student-athletes are working with leaders who can help them perform to their best ability and develop strong character. Four current Aggie coaches have already been inducted into their sports' hall of fame: Pat Henry (track and field), Gary Blair (women's basketball), J.T. Higgins (men's golf) and Jo Evans (softball). Additionally, 11 teams are led by coaches who have been in Aggieland at least 10 years. The generosity of 12th Man Foundation donors allows Texas A&M to attract and keep the best coaches in college athletics.
Did you know state law prohibits A&M athletics from receiving any funding from the State of Texas? The Department of Athletics at Texas A&M is 100 percent self-supporting, and all private gifts contribute directly to the needs of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. Gifts to the 12th Man Foundation are used to fund the Athletic Department's needs and benefit every student-athlete and Aggie sports team through scholarship, construction and maintenance of athletic facilities, and programs that enhance academic, athletic, and life skills for our student-athletes.
Title IX requires Texas A&M to provide equitable facilities, scholarship funding, and participation percentages for women's sports in relation to men's sports. A&M has long made a firm commitment to the participation and success of its women's programs. This commitment is evident in the recent national rankings of each women's team. Currently, A&M sponsors 11 women's varsity sports with more than 325 female student-athletes.
Texas A&M provides its teams some of the most unique venues in the country, and Aggie fans regularly show up in massive numbers to give our teams a tremendous home field advantage. Donors have been at the forefront of keeping A&M well positioned in terms of facilities, with 12th Man Foundation supporters playing key roles in major construction projects at Kyle Field, Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park, the Cox-McFerrin Center for Aggie Basketball, the Davis Player Development Center, the R.C. Slocum Nutrition Center, the Rhonda and Frosty Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium, the McFerrin Athletic Center and the Dale Watts '71 Cross Country Course. Additionally, projects will soon begin to build new facilities for softball and outdoor track and field.
For many Aggies, game day--regardless of the sport--represents a connection to the most exciting, memorable experiences from their college days. By supporting Aggie Athletics through the 12th Man Foundation, you will ensure today's Aggies graduate with the same memories, all while deepening your connection to Aggieland. Our donors receive 12th Man Magazine (produced 12 teams per year) and a weekly athletics newsletter to help keep you up-to-date on what is happening in the athletic department. You will also receive members-only ticket offers that will help bring you back to College Station to see the Aggies in action. The 12th Man Foundation also hosts special events throughout the year to provide our donors with the opportunity to interact with student-athletes, coaches, lettermen and athletic administrators.
SHAPE THE FUTURE
Funding scholarships, building facilities and supporting programs to develop our student-athletes are our ongoing goals, and the support of 12th Man Foundation members is critical to achieving those goals. Your support has a real impact on Texas A&M's ability to continue producing quality student-athletes in the classroom and on the field of play. Our future success competing on the national level depend on the generosity of 12th Man Foundation members.
PRIORITY POINTS AND TAX DEDUCTIONS
Our priority points system is designed to recognize and reward our members' commitment to Aggie athletics. Put simply, the higher a member's priority point ranking, the better access he or she will have to preferred seating, parking and other benefits offered by the Foundation. The most effective way to build priority points is by donating annually, which earns valuable "years of consecutive giving" credits in addition to other member benefits. And, of course, your donations are tax deductible. (Please note that contributions including an option to purchase tickets are deductible at 80 percent of the amount donated.)