Across the California State University, student athletics encourages fitness, teamwork, cooperation, discipline, social skills and time management. These attributes benefit students both on the playing field and in the classroom and continue to serve them well long after they graduate. Building character, grit and integrity, athletics programs across all 23 campuses benefit not only the athletes but students, faculty and their communities at large by bringing people together and instilling feeling of campus pride with a sense of belonging.
A $1 million grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation helped bring new stadium lights to California State University, Monterey Bay athletic fields. The funds helped purchase 16 stadium light fixtures—eight for baseball, four for softball and four for soccer—and helped transform all fields with a synthetic grass surface. The fields are fully utilized during the day and now CSUMB athletic programs will be able to use them into the evening.
The daughter of a California State University, San Bernardino alumnus recently donated $150,000 to endow an athletics scholarship in her father’s name. The William H. Colley Golf Scholarship will honor the Marine veteran who was once the top-ranked amateur in California. Colley’s grandson, current CSUSB head golf coach, Kyle Emerson, said that the donations will help remedy the university’s standing as the second-lowest budgeted golf program in its conference.
A $500,000 commitment from Thomas E. Thompson and his wife, Jane Bradley, will fund a new Football Operations Center at San José State University and establish an athletics scholarship. A second gift of $500,000 from an anonymous donor will also finance the operations center. The new center will include locker rooms, an auditorium, offices, spectator seating on the 50-yard line and a Hall of Champions event space.
Legacy gifts from Gloria M. Burr and the late Billy D. Reed Jr. will establish three endowments at California State University, Bakersfield and support the Kegley Center for Student Success. The first endowment will provide scholarships for students pursuing a Single Subject, Multiple Subject, or Special Education Teaching Credential. The second endowment will provide a scholar-athlete who has the greatest financial need an opportunity to study at CSU Bakersfield. And the third will provide annual funds to support capital improvements in athletics.