Athletics Celebrates Largest Capital Buildout
Aug. 29, 2017

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest Athletics is celebrating another record year of fundraising—with an astounding $46 million in new commitments, an 84% increase over last year—which has fueled the largest capital buildout in Athletic Department history. The buildout has been a catalyst for success at Wake Forest Athletics by transforming its ability to recruit, train and develop elite student-athletes in the pursuit of championships.

This monumental year was led by some of Wake Forest Athletics’ most visionary donors—including Bob McCreary, Ben Sutton and Mit Shah—and resulted in ground being broken on the final phase of the Sports Performance Complex. The $70 million complex, comprised of the Sutton Sports Performance Center, McCreary Field House, Shah Basketball Complex and Doc Martin Practice Fields, is the largest capital project in the history of Wake Forest Athletics.

Total cash received for all categories totaled more than $32 million, a 66% increase over last year. Additionally, the Wake Will Lead campaign continued to see unprecedented results, bringing the total raised to $213 million on an original goal of $95 million.

Over $17 million in gifts and more than $27 million in new pledges were received in support of capital projects. This was led by the efforts of several significant gifts including 31 new commitments of $100,000 and above, seven new commitments of $1 million and above and one new commitment of $15 million.

Further, $81.5 million worth of capital projects were completed or are now underway, with that number increasing to over $100 million over the last two years. Throughout the course of the Wake Will Lead campaign, a total of $140 million in capital dollars has been contributed to Athletics.

Significant capital milestones in 2016-17 included:

Projects Funded and Construction Completed

  • David F. Couch Ballpark – Clubhouse Phase - $9.7 million
  • Doc Martin Practice Fields Upgrade - $3.5 million
  • Soccer, Track/XC, Field Hockey Locker Rooms - $2.8 million
  • Kentner Stadium Turf and Track Upgrade - $2.3 million
  • Southern Family Seating at Leighton Tennis Courts - $1.7 million
  • David “Sarge” Tinga Equipment Room - $1.3 million

    Projects Funded and Construction Started

  • Sutton Sports Performance Center - $36.5 million
  • Shah Basketball Complex - $9 million
  • Sports Medicine/Hydrotherapy - $5.4 million
  • Coliseum Project – Video Board Phase - $4.0 million
  • Soccer Practice Complex - $3.0 million
  • Volleyball Varsity Gym and Locker Room - $1.5 million
  • Jack W. Owen II Soccer Video Board - $800K

    Donors have moved beyond facilities, however, and have also made a difference in funding new positions and programs. Wake Forest Athletics is well on its way to an expanded nutrition program with the successful funding of a full-time sports nutritionist, and seed money has been donated to start a robust sports psychology initiative.

    The 2016-17 year also established a new precedent for the Deacon Club Annual Fund, shattering previous records for number of active donors, number of new members and total dollars raised. Thanks to the generous support of so many Deacon Club members, a record $7.3 million was raised for the Annual Fund, which is an increase of more than $1 million over last year.

    “I’d like to thank our donors for the role they play in helping to propel our programs forward,” said Barry Faircloth, Senior Associate Athletic Director. “Together we are making a difference in the lives of so many Wake Forest student-athletes, while providing a rallying spirit among our students, alumni and friends.”

    For more on Wake Forest Athletics’ 2016-17 fundraising success, please view the campaign update and Year in Review.

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