In 1996, as Texas A&M University entered a new athletic conference, it became apparent that the Aggies had an athletic facility deficit. The long-term impact in the competitive recruiting process was a significant concern as numerous rival programs enjoyed an advantage in this critical area.
In Spring of 2000, the 12th Man Foundation facilitated the Championship Vision Capital Campaign designed to upgrade the athletic facilities. By the end of 2011, the multi-phased capital campaign resulted in over $150,000,000 in capital improvements funded by private donations from loyal stakeholders. The recently completed Campaign for Aggie Football raised an additional $25,000,000 while the Redevelopment of Kyle Field is expected to exceed $125,000,000 in private capital campaign gifts.
As the Championship Vision Capital Campaign advanced, Champions Council chapters were established in several locations across the state and in New York City to engage key stakeholders who had a keen interest in ensuring that Aggie athletes are positioned to be nationally competitive as the ‘front porch’ of our university.
Intimate gatherings featuring coaches and athletic administration were organized to educate former students and friends of the programs as to the financial needs of a modern and progressive athletic program.
The generosity of Champions Council members has dramatically changed the landscape of our athletic program.
We proudly salute the facility improvements that have been put into place as a result of donor loyalty and the pride in athletic excellence at Texas A&M University.
The purpose of the Champions Council chapters located around the state is to share information in regards to issues, programs, and financial needs of the athletic department; to invite new members with interest and financial capability to help build a nationally recognized athletic program; and to invest personally in capital improvements at a significant level.
Through intimate invitation-only gatherings hosted by regional captains throughout Texas, the Champions Council connects the 12th Man Foundation’s most committed donors with the Texas A&M athletic department.
Qualification for Membership
To be an Ambassador sharing factual information with peers in regards to issues, programs, and athletic department initiatives; to be an Advocate to nominate and invite new members with interest and financial capability to support efforts to build championship athletic programs; and to be an Investor in a capital improvement project at a significant level.
A minimum gift of $50,000 is required for Champions Council membership. Gifts can be paid over a five-year pledge period.
To commit as an Ambassador
To share factual information with your peers in regards to issues, programs, and athletic department initiatives.
To commit as an Advocate
To nominate and invite new members with interest and financial capability to support our efforts to build a nationally recognized athletic program.
To commit as an Investor
To invest personally in a capital improvement project at a significant level.