On behalf of K-State Athletics, I want to sincerely thank you for your support of the Ahearn Fund this past year. I am continually amazed by the generosity of the K-State family and your commitment to helping K-State achieve the vision of becoming a model intercollegiate athletics program.
The unrestricted dollars given by over 7,000 members of the Ahearn Fund are the life-blood of K-State Athletics. This collective commitment has provided us the flexibility to make strategic investments in the very things that offer a world-class experience for all of our 465-plus student-athletes. From facilities improvements to adding support staff personnel in academic services, we are as committed as you to ensuring that we continue to strive for championships in the classroom and on the field of play.
We are coming off a terrific 2010-11 academic year as Kansas State finished atop the Big 12 Conference in overall graduation rate for the fourth consecutive year and also score record-high marks across the board in the most recent NCAA Academic Performance Ratings (APR). Our student-athletes also continue to turn in championship-level athletic performances as evidenced by the fact that K-State was one of just three schools across the nation to have its football team in a bowl game, both it’s basketball squads in the NCAA Tournament, its baseball team in an NCAA Regional, both track teams finish in the NCAA Top 25 and have a participant in the NCAA Tennis Championships.
There is no better time for the collective commitment of the K-State family to continue, and as you consider your 2012 annual Ahearn Fund gift, please know every dollar makes an impact. Our staff looks forward to answering any questions that you may have regarding membership in the Ahearn Fund, seating or parking and would also be honored to visit with you in person.
We look forward to the 2011-12 athletics season, and with your support, achieving our goal of being a model intercollegiate athletics program. Please join us.