Aug. 29, 2003
Seattle - The Washington athletic department set a record during the fiscal year of 2002-2003 by raising $15.8 million dollars. That was up $1.3 million from the previous year and eclipsed the previous best single-year fundraising total of $15.7 million from the 1998-99 fiscal year.
Several factors helped to contribute to the record-setting total.
A significant portion of the contributions came through the Campaign for the Student-Athlete for the Academic Center/Shellhouse. To date, just over $14 million has been raised toward a goal of $18 million for the project to renovate the Conibear Shellhouse. Construction is set to begin on the project in January.
During the year, 19,000 gifts were received ranging from $25 to $600,000. Tyee contributions increased from $5.4 million in 2001-02 to more than $6.3 million last year.
"At a time when fundraising is lagging for many other programs across the country, Husky fans have continued to provide support and invest in our teams," says Washington athletic director Barbara Hedges. "We are fortunate to have so many people who care about the University of Washington. We have made tremendous improvements in our overall facilities and we are excited to begin construction of the Academic Center/Shellhouse, and to complete the baseball/soccer complex."