Invest in Excellence FAQs


Q. How long will the campaign last?
A. Seven years. The leadership phase of the campaign began in July 2010 with the official campaign kickoff held in April 2012.

Q. How much is committed thus far?
A. As of April 21, 2012, we count roughly $16 million in gifts with another $8 million in pledge––all since the beginning of the silent phase of the campaign, which began July 1, 2010. Your commitment today will help us take a critical step toward the ultimate campaign goal and the goal of winning in the Pac-12.

Q. Will my giving to the campaign improve my ticket and parking privileges?
A. Making an annual gift, increasing an annual gift, or committing to a major gift to The Campaign for Utah Athletics will increase ticket and parking priority for all athletic related events and activities. Our staff would be happy to discuss specific ideas and questions.

Q. What are the top priorities for facilities?
1. McCarthey Family Track and Field (completed 2010)
2. Football building / Sports medicine
3. Softball complex
4. Student athlete academic support facility
5. Outdoor tennis facility
6. Basketball practice facility
7. Swimming and diving complex
8. Soccer field improvements

Q. What is the Excellence Fund, really?
A. The Excellence Fund provides much-needed financial resources to allow our coaches and student athletes to compete at the highest level. It also gives us resources to enhance recruiting budgets to attract the best student athletes; attract and retain the top coaches with competitive compensation; meeting the commitment of approximately $5 million per year in grant-in-aid scholarship costs; upgrades to support services such athletic training and sports medicine, strength training, and academic support; and much more. The Excellence Fund, as its name implies, gives Utah teams the resources to compete on the national stage and to win!

Q. Are there gift recognition opportunities?
A. The Scholarship Circle wall in the Jon M. Huntsman Center will be upgraded to include recognition of campaign donors as well as our annual Scholarship Circle donors. There will also be onsite recognition of major donors to specific facilities funded during the campaign. Please ask a member of our staff for specific details related to naming opportunities.

Q. Who is leading The Campaign for Utah Athletics?
A. The Campaign will be led by co-chairs, Spence Eccles, a prominent Salt Lake City businessman, philanthropist, and champion of Utah Athletics; and Eric Weddle, University of Utah All-American and San Diego Chargers Pro Bowl safety.

The campaign committee also includes: Dave Burnett and Katie Eccles; Todd and Karin Cook; John and Marylin Dahlstrom; Tim and Joan Fenton; Kem and Carolyn Gardner; John and Amy Garff; Kevin and Donna Gruneich; Drew and Terry Hall; Dan and Deena Lofgren; Donnette Mayer; Todd and Debbie Reid.