Over the past two weeks Gaucho student-athletes representing all 20 intercollegiate athletics teams took time out from their studies and training to call athletics’ donors to the Gaucho Fund during the annual Thank-a-Thon.
Student-athletes reached out to 900 athletics’ donors, including 70 at the Living Scholar level, to personally thank them for their generous support this past year. Gifts to athletics through the Gaucho Fund help fund program resources for each sport.
“Our wonderful young men and women appreciate the opportunity to compete for UCSB which is made possible with the help of generous donors,” said Director of Athletics Mark Massari. “It’s been a banner year philanthropically, including two record gifts and we are very thankful to our donors for helping us provide these life-changing opportunities.”
Because of the generous support of 900 athletics’ donors in 2013-14, almost $2.2 million has been raised for athletics, including a recent one million dollar gift allowing for the second highest single year of funds raised for athletics since the launch of the Campaign for UC Santa Barbara in 2005. In addition to the $2.2 million raised to date to support all 20 UCSB Athletics programs, the University also received a record single gift to athletics of over $2 million for scholarship support for both tennis programs this past year.
If you did not receive a call during the Thank-a-Thon, please know how grateful we, and our student-athletes, are of your support of the Gaucho Fund.
UCSB Athletics will close out its 2013-14 fundraising campaign with a final event to support women’s basketball. On June 2, the Gaucho Fund and women’s basketball will host its annual golf tournament and dinner – “Graduates and Golf” – at La Cumbre Country Club to honor three graduating seniors - Nicole Nesbit, Melissa Zorning and Destini Mason - and to help raise funds for program resources including summer school for student-athletes. Several past program greats will be attending including TV personality Kayte Christensen (1998-2002). Contact the women’s basketball office at 805-893- 7211 or Christina Baglas at 805-893-5372 to get involved.