Sycamores reach new fundraising heights with over $4.4 million raised in fiscal year 2021-22

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State University Athletic Department raised a record $4.4 million in the 2021-2022 fiscal year, with approximately 1,200 donors providing resources for student-athletes to excel in competition, in the classroom and in the community.

“We are grateful to the individual and corporate donors who provide tremendous support for student-athletes at Sycamore,” said ISU President Dr. Deborah J. Curtis. “Our student-athletes strive for excellence, on and off the field. Their hard work, dedication and accomplishments make us all proud.”

The athletic department beat the previous year’s fundraising mark of $2.04 million. The Sycamore Athletic Fund raised $2.4 million in 2021-22, with the Hulman-George family donating an additional $2 million for new video cards at the multipurpose Hulman Center, home of Sycamore basketball. Fundraising increases included cash donations, pledges and in-kind donations.

“When you start, you have to plant the seeds,” said ISU sports director Sherard Clinkscale said. “We are very fortunate to reap the rewards of the hard work done over the past few years during COVID. People are buying into the Athletic Department’s vision and they are starting to see the impact on competition and facilities.”

The generous contributions of Mike and Mary Blackwell and Jack and Joyce Rentschler have improved the athletic department facilities.

Golf outings in Men’s Basketball, Football, Baseball, Track & Field/Cross Country, Women’s Golf and the annual Ladies Tee raised a total of over $150,000. The creation of the Carpenter/Ilkin Endowment and the inaugural Tried and True Gala in 2021 were also major factors leading to new revenue.

“Thanks to the immense generosity of so many supporters, we’ve had a great year,” said Danny Plasencia, Deputy Athletic Director of the Sycamore Athletic Fund. “I look forward to working with our donors, coaches and staff to continue building something special here at Indiana State.”

Sycamore Athletics raised a record $574,865 at Indiana State’s fourth annual Give to Blue Day in March. This is a 43% increase from 2020-21. Total college fundraising for the day reached a record $1,334,614.

ISU Athletics also saw a $200,000 increase in sponsorships in 2021-22 compared to the COVID-shortened 2020-21 year. Sycamore Athletics had over 40 local and national sponsors.

“We truly believe in the immense potential of Indiana State Athletics, and we have explained that to our supporters,” said Logan Kidd, assistant athletic director for sponsorships. “Thank you to all of our loyal and generous Sycamore alumni, season ticket holders, Varsity Club members and sponsors who have helped us reach this fundraising milestone. It really is an exciting time to be a Sycamore!”

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