Student athletics help create a sense of campus and community pride, while developing student-athletes' vital life skills. As a point of entry into higher education for many, CSU athletics programs are critically important to ensuring student achievement and a lifetime of success.These gifts – made in support of scholarship funds, facility renewals and program funding – will continue to build, strengthen and transform our historic athletics programs and make an indelible mark on student-athletes and alumni.
Retired Major League Baseball pitching legend Jered Weaver contributed $500,000 to the
Blair Field renovation project at Cal State Long Beach, where the three-time All-Star played from 2002 to 2004.
In honor of his continued generosity toward the university and its renowned baseball program, fondly nicknamed
The Dirtbags, the bullpen at Blair Field has been named the
Jered Weaver Bullpen. Weaver, who went on from CSULB to play for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the San Diego Padres for 11 seasons, said that he wanted “to give back to a team that did so much for me.”
San Francisco State received a gift of over $1.8 million from the George and Judy Marcus Family Foundation to establish the
George and Judy Marcus Student Athlete Scholarship Fund. This new fund provides support to Gator student-athletes, strengthens SF State's recruiting position and underscores the university's commitment to academic achievement and success for all students.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo named its new baseball facility the
Dignity Health Baseball Clubhouse in recognition of a $1.25 million contribution by San Francisco-based Dignity Health. The contribution from Dignity Health will be used to complete the clubhouse project, which will include an expanded locker room, state-of-the-art athletic training and physical therapy room, lounge and kitchen area, dressing room for umpires, coaches' offices and study room.
Additionally, this contribution to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo will raise the capacity of Baggett Stadium to between 3,250 and 3,500 seats. It will also provide Mustang student-athletes with the tools to succeed on the field while gaining the leadership training and hands-on experiences needed to succeed long after graduation.
Citizens Equity First Credit Union made an $8 million commitment to San José State to support and strengthen athletics operations, improve the historic stadium and other facilities, and allow for the full funding of scholarship commitments for student-athletes, among other potential uses.
In recognition of the 15-year agreement, San José State renamed Spartan Stadium to
CEFCU Stadium – Home of the Spartans. The financial commitment from CEFCU is the fifth-largest university stadium sponsorship among schools in the Group of 5 conferences, and the second largest in the Mountain West Conference.
The LA Football Club, a new Major League Soccer team, pledged $1.6 million in support of Cal State LA, including funding for a renovation of the university's
Track and Athletics Field in the
Billie Jean King Sports Complex. The upgrades include a new track, synthetic turf field and lighting system. LAFC, which is also building its new practice facility on the Cal State LA campus, is working with the university to develop kinesiology curriculum, master's programs and student internship opportunities.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo alumnus William H. Swanson and his wife, Cheryl, created a $10 million endowment to support the
Swanson Cal Poly Golf Program, renamed by the university in May 2017 in recognition of their gift.
The Swanson's gift will provide thousands of dollars in scholarship support each year to student-athletes in the golf program. In addition, the endowment will provide programmatic support for the golf program including recruitment, travel and equipment. The endowment of the golf program through this gift, as well as associated gifts from other donors, will put the men's and women's golf programs in better positions to contend for conference and national championships.
William Swanson, who retired from Raytheon Company as chairman and CEO in 2014, has served as chair of the Cal Poly Foundation since 2006. He previously served on the Cal Poly President's Cabinet and the College of Engineering's Dean's Advisory Council.