FROG CLUB ON THE RISE
I was thrilled to see our development staff report a record high in both annual giving and TCU Frog Club members this past year. The Frog Club raised $9,241,468 in annual gifts with 7,178 members to be exact! The overall total for athletics giving was $38,628,759. These numbers are very significant and exemplify the incredible support our alumni, fans and friends are showing our student-athletes. For those of you wondering, the previous record for annual giving was $5.1 million with a previous membership high of 4,769. Both marks were set in 2010-11.
COUNTDOWN ON: 52 DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF
We are less than two months away from opening our new Amon G. Carter Stadium against Grambling State on Sept. 8. If you have not secured season parking, please make sure to call the Frog Club at (817) 257-7700. We have introduced new parking options this year that are sure to enhance your overall game day experience on campus. For example, the LaDainian Tomlinson Lot (also known as the Freshman Lot) is now available for the first time ever. You cannot get any closer to the stadium than that!
BIG 12 MEDIA DAY
Another sign of football season being around the corner is when conferences hold their Media Day. Our first trip to Big 12 Media Day is Monday. We'll share the stage with Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech. The other five institutions have their turn on Tuesday. Both our website (www.GoFrogs.com) and the Big 12's (www.Big12sports.com) will be great resources to follow the day's activities.
FROM THE HARD HATS
It's more of the same for us on the construction side at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The crews are working hard and making great progress in getting things finished. We're still on track for our Aug. 1 goal of moving in the west side furniture.
Please join me in congratulating former TCU men's basketball standout James Cash on the latest honor in his incredible career. Dr. Cash received the Pioneer Award from the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation. The Pioneer Award is presented to individuals who accomplished minority `firsts' in athletics. Cash, who lettered from 1967-69, became the first African-American men's basketball student-athlete to earn a scholarship and play in the Southwest Conference.
BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING
With another school year just around the corner, make sure to visit our online store (http://shop.gofrogs.com/) or one of our great retail outlets, Flash, The Varsity or TCU Barnes and Noble, to pick up the latest in Horned Frog apparel for you or your family members.
SPANNING THE GLOBE
This week's edition of TCU images from around the world comes from H. Rhea Chafin. He had the privilege of touring the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and said it was the second-most beautiful construction in the world, behind only the renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium.
There are periodic headlines in national media reports regarding agents having impermissible relationships with student-athletes. The actions of an agent are governed by the professional players' associations (NFLPA, MLBPA, etc.). The Attorney General in many states is also weighing in on the Agent situation in relation to collegiate athletics. The NCAA rules primarily outline what a student-athlete may do in relation to an agent. A prospective or enrolled student-athlete jeopardizes their amateur status and becomes ineligible for intercollegiate athletics if they have agreed either orally or in writing to retain an agent for the purpose of marketing their athletic ability or reputation in that sport. An agent may not provide a benefit of any kind (i.e. cash, other gifts or services) to enrolled or prospective student-athletes or their relatives or friends without jeopardizing their amateur status. Remember, always ask before you act! Please feel free to contact our Athletics Compliance Office at (817) 257-7525.
KEEP IN TOUCH
Please let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns regarding our program. This is also your program and we value your feedback. We welcome all calls and emails.
Christopher M. Del Conte
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics