June 30, 2011
DALLAS (SMU) - For the third straight year, SMU Athletics has set a fundraising record. For fiscal year 2011, which ended May 31, SMU Athletics added $6.6 million in annual gifts, breaking the $6 million mark for the first time. It was only a year ago that Athletics surpassed the $5 million mark for the first time. Including capital and other gifts, over $10.5 million was given to SMU Athletics in 2011. Since Steve Orsini's arrival as Director of Athletics in 2006, SMU Athletics has seen an astonishing 82% spike in annual giving despite a challenging economic environment.
"We are so thankful for the support of our generous fans," said Orsini. "Our alumni have continued to support our talented student-athletes throughout these tough economic times and we can't thank them enough. I also want to thank and congratulate and our Mustang Club volunteers as well as our development staff, led by (Sr. Assoc. A.D.) Tim Leonard. This achievement is a testament to the loyalty Mustang fans have shown for SMU and for our athletics programs."
This year's success in annual operating support exceeded the previous record year, 2010, when the Mustangs added over $5.4 million to the coffers in annual support. Prior to that, a record $4.6 million was received in 2009.
To donate to SMU Athletics, contact the Mustang Club at 214-768-2582.