Wildcat Club News

First year of Wildcat Club a rousing success

ABILENE – ACU director of athletics Lee De Leon announced earlier this week that the first year of the Wildcat Club was a rousing success with the club has surpassing its membership goal by more than 200 members.
When the Wildcat Club was launched last January, director of athletics Lee De Leon said the original goal was to hit 500 members during the 2016 calendar year. By the end of December, 703 people signed up for the Wildcat Club, helping ACU Athletics raise more than $6.25 million in Wildcat Club gifts, including the Wildcat Annual Fund, capital and endowment gifts, as well as donations to ACU's sport-specific excellence funds.
"When we launched the Wildcat Club a year ago, I wasn't sure how our alumni and fans would respond, but over the last 12 months, I've been blown away by the number of alumni and fans that have stepped up to financially support the Wildcats and help take us to the next level," De Leon said. "None of this would have happened without the tremendous leadership of (senior associate director of athletics) Dave Kinard, who did such great work in getting the Wildcat Club off to a promising start."
Wildcat Club memberships start at just $100 per year, and that's where the club saw its largest number of members with 285 Wildcat Club members at the "S" level. Here's the breakdown of each level:
• W Level ($20,000 or more): 36 members
• I Level ($10,000-$19,999): 29 members
• L Level ($5,000-$9,999): 33 members
• D Level ($2,500-$4,999): 24 members
• C Level ($1,000-$2,499): 107 members
• A Level ($500-$999): 90 members
• T Level ($250-$499): 99 members
• S Level ($100-$249): 285 members
One benefit for all Wildcat Club members was the club's first Membership Appreciation Event on Saturday, Jan. 7, between games of an ACU basketball doubleheader. Club members were able to mix with ACU head coaches and administrators, as well as other club members.
The next two events for "L" level members and above will be on Saturday, March 11. The first will be on-field recognition during the 2 p.m. ACU baseball game against Incarnate Word at Crutcher Scott Field. The second event will be dinner with the head coaches after the game at Miguel's Mex Tex Café at 6 p.m. "L" level club members and up can RSVP for the dinner to wildcatclub@acu.edu.
"I am tremendously excited about the generosity of members who did join the Wildcat Club, and their passion for the future of our program," Kinard said. "We need to continue to increase our membership numbers to meet the goals we have as a department, and I believe that will happen as current members share their excitement for the vision of ACU Athletics with future members."