The We Rise and Conquer Campaign, constructed by Director of Athletics Danny White and the UCF Athletics board, sets a goal of $25 million dollars for the future of UCF Athletics.
In the campaign outline are milestones university administration have made to mark the progress of the donation campaign, along with information that compares UCF as a money-making school.
Budget comparisons with the Power 5 conferences, annual fund comparisons within the American Athletic Conference, and revenue comparisons with the Big 12’s Kansas State are among a few references to where UCF stands in terms of resources.
“That’s our vision for UCF Athletics. I believe — and I know you believe — we can be a Top 25 intercollegiate athletics program. But it takes more than belief,” White says. “It takes resources.”
“Together, every UCF fan can help us achieve these goals. We’re rolling out The Rise and Conquer Initiative that will allow us to build new facilities, enhance our existing facilities and continue upgrading the programming that allows our young men and women who proudly wear the Black and Gold to have a championship experience in competition, in the classroom and in the community.”
“With your support, we can create the positive impact that will provide an even brighter future for UCF Athletics and our student-athletes. Charge On!,” the Director of Athletics said in a statement.
The goals of the UCF Athletics under the campaign:
- Become a perennial Top 25 college athletics program
- Empower our student-athletes to earn a degree and attain exceptional personal and professional lives
- Support UCF in achieving its goals through impactful, positive exposure
- Energize all of Knight Nation, including alumni, students and the entire Orlando community
- An introduction of new premium seating options for the 2017 Knights Football season.
The construction and renovation of UCF’s athletic facilities will be one of the focuses of the $25 million in donations.
“World-class facilities have never been more important to attract recruits and win championships. We are seeking more than $25 million in charitable gift commitments from alumni and friends to construct and renovate facilities where our student-athletes live, study, train and compete,” the campaign says.
Included in the spending pool will be money earmarked for an expanded Carl Black and Gold Cabana, Field Cabanas, new student sections. Rewards, gifts, and special access to donators have been outlined on the We Rise and Conquer website.
Photos courtesy of UCF Athletics Communications.