27 CONSECUTIVE SELLOUTS
Attendance at K-State games has been at an all-time high over the last several years as K-State has recorded 27 consecutive sellouts. The average attendance mark has been reset each of the last two years with 53,081 fans in 2014 and 53,100 in 2015.
K-State Womenâ€™s Basketball upset George Washington to advance to the second round of the 2016 NCAA tournament.
The National Leadership Circle (NLC) is the comprehensive leadership annual giving program of the Ahearn Fund, K-Stateâ€™s National Fund for StudentAthlete Excellence. In appreciation for their annual impact on providing A World-Class Student-Athlete Experience, NLC members are recognized with Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond levels and receive special benefits accordingly. The national brand of K-State Athletics is growing and the Ahearn Fund
continues to guide significant resources to expand this connection so that more can join in this shared vision of success. This level of annual commitment from NLC members helps to fund studentathlete scholarships, increase academic support, enhance sports medicine practices, recruit and retain studentathletes and coaches from all over the world and provide direct funds for capital improvements to the K-State Athletics complex.
VISION A MODEL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC PROGRAM.
GOALS • A world-class student-athlete experience. • Value to the university, community and state. • Integrity and transparency in matters of ethics, finance and NCAA compliance. • Championship athletic performances. • The best fan experience in the Big 12.
“K-State’s ability to compete in the Big 12 and nationally hinges on many factors, not the least of which is private support at a leadership level. Ahearn Fund members in the National Leadership Circle play instrumental roles in providing scholarships, sports medicine, academic support and other services that directly benefit Wildcat student-athletes while also funding Kansas State’s margin of excellence through strategic enhancements such as facility improvements and coaches’ salaries.” John & Mary Lawrence Currie NLC Bronze Level Members
Since its formation in fall of 2009, the National Leadership Circle (NLC) of the Ahearn Fund has seen considerable growth. Not only has membership increased, but the percentage of dollars contributed annually by NLC members has grown substantially each year. The NLC was established with just over 180 members and since then has seen the following consistent growth: JUNE
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
In 2016, the National Leadership Circle has members that span across 21 STATES.
$4.38M of $14M donated to the Ahearn Fund (31%) $5.2M of $13.2M donated to the Ahearn Fund (39%) $5.9M of $13.73M donated to the Ahearn Fund (43%) $8.8M of $16.29M donated to the Ahearn Fund (54%) $9.2M of $17M donated to the Ahearn Fund (54%) $9.5M of $17.6M donated to the Ahearn Fund (54%) $10.42M of $18.1M donated to the Ahearn Fund (58%)
4 435 2
Incremental Facility Updates
Ice Family Basketball Center
West Stadium Center
AUGUST 2013 Mike Goss Tennis Stadium
NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CIRCLE
BY THE NUMBERS DIAMOND 13
$102M+ IN CAPITAL GIFT PLEDGES
have been made by 57% of NLC Members to the Ice Family Basketball Center, Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, Intercollegiate Rowing Center, West Stadium Center and Vanier Family Football Complex.
GAVE TO AHEARN EXCELLENCE
These philanthropic gifts are above and beyond priority seating and capital gifts. They provide support to the greatest needs of K-State student-athletes.
of NLC members
$1.1M of $2.1M total
Intercollegiate Rowing Center
Vanier Family Football Complex
To promote the message of K-State Athletics to current members of Kansas State University alumni, friends and business partners, that growing philanthropic support is vital to the continued efforts of providing A World-Class Student-Athlete Experience and turning in Championship Athletic Performances.
Being part of the National Leadership Circle of the Ahearn Fund is our way of supporting the efforts of the athletics department and the coaches and student-athletes that represent K-State. While living in Chicago, the Ahearn Fundâ€™s NLC provided us a way to become more connected to K-State Athletics. We currently live in Manhattan and enjoy more opportunities to cheer on the Cats and participate in NLC and other athletic department events. We are proud to be part of this group that is making a difference for K-State Athletics. JAYSON & LIBBY CYR, Manhattan, KS Bronze Level
Supporting the Ahearn Fund helps to give students the opportunity to grow as athletes and develop life skills that they may not have had the opportunity to do so otherwise. The Ahearn Fund allows for so many student-athletes to live out their dreams. MICHAEL & KAREN PESTINGER, Beloit, KS Silver Level
SUCCESS K-State Menâ€™s Basketball posted its third consecutive win over a No. 1 team at Bramlage Coliseum with an 80-69 victory over top-ranked Oklahoma before a sold-out crowd of 12,528.
Our family, who are all K-State graduates, enjoys the best family and friend experience at K-State. The NLC helps provide the studentathletes a world-class experience with great facilities and great coaches. We are proud to be part of the NLC and all that they do to help attract premier players and coaches to Kansas State University. JERRY & LINDA MARMIE, Great Bend, KS Gold Level
Ahearn Fund Student-Athlete Performance Table
Since the formation of the National Leadership Circle, K-State Athletics has made great progress in meeting its five core goals. The Vanier Football Complex, West Stadium Center, Ice Family Basketball Center, and Intercollegiate Rowing Center are the most visible, but many other enhancements have been made in each competitive sport. Our coaches and student-athletes are using the support to succeed in competition as well as in the classroom. CARL & MARY ICE, Westlake, TX Diamond Level
Membership in the NLC includes all previously determined Ahearn Fund benefits plus the following for each recognition level:
Bronze $10,000 – 24,999
SILVER $25,000 – 49,999
GOLD $50,000 – 99,999
diamond $100,000 & ABOVE ANNUAL COMMITMENT
MEMBER BENEFITS •R ecognition on NLC Loyalty Walls at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Bramlage Coliseum and annual NLC Loyalty Book. • Invitations to VIP Wildcat Receptions. • Invitation to NLC Weekend activities. •T icket access for non-season ticket holders and outof-state members. •A bility to purchase additional postseason and road tickets. • NLC lapel pin (first year benefit).
• All Ahearn Fund & Bronze Level benefits. •P regame field access for one home football game each season. • Exclusive interactions with Wildcat coaches. •P icture or logo and paragraph included in Annual NLC Loyalty Book • NLC lapel pin (first year benefit).
• All Ahearn Fund, Bronze & Silver Level benefits. • Invitation to VIP Reception with the President of Kansas State University. • Invitation to VIP reception at Big 12 Tournament. • Exclusive interactions with Wildcat coaches. • NLC lapel pin (first year benefit).
• All Ahearn Fund, Bronze, Silver & Gold Level benefits. • Invitation to VIP Reception with the President of Kansas State University. •E xclusive invitation to Diamond level member-only event. • NLC lapel pin (first year benefit).
In February 2010, the university launched an ambitious planning initiative with the visionary goal to be recognized as a Top 50 Public Research University by 2025. Building on our collective history as a public land-grant institution, we embarked on a planning process that was inclusive and exciting. With broad involvement, K-Staters worked together to craft our future.
“The K-State Alumni Association is proud to support the National Leadership Circle for all it does for K-State Athletics. NLC support for scholarships helps student athletes who are doubly committed to K-State through their sports and their quest for an excellent education. The NLC contributes not only to their development as future leaders in society but also to their development as lifelong ambassadors for K-State.” – Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association
“We came to Kansas State because of the people, stayed because of the people, and returned because of the people, and that remains unchanged.” Coach Bill Snyder
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