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2018 Goal – 500 Donors

321 Current Donors

2018 Donor Guide

Your guide to support a “Best in Class
student‑athlete experience.

A Letter From the Director of Athletics

Greetings from Lion Country!

Our Lion Athletics family –coaches, administration, campus partners, current LCF donors, season ticket holders, faculty, staff, students, community and TAMUC alumni – are empowered with our department’s mission to provide and represent a “Best in Class” experience for our talented 424 student-athletes.

The Lion Champions Fund allows us to provide this vehicle for excellence in the classroom, in competition, and in critical life skill development. Without the support of Lion Champions Fund donations, our success would not be possible.

Our competitive success has never been more evident, with our FIRST NCAA Division II Football National Championship.  It was also our first NCAA team championship in our storied history.  In addition to our team bringing the pinnacle trophy home, we were also the first institution in NCAA history to sweep football’s “Triple Crown” – National Champions, Harlon Hill Award winner (quarterback Luis Perez), and the NCAA Elite 90 Award (linebacker Garrett Blubaugh), given to the top-ranked student-athlete competing in each of the NCAA’s 90 championship events.  Garrett currently has an almost perfect GPA in Biology/Pre-Medicine.

Among other program highlights, volleyball ended their season with the first NCAA tournament appearance since 1988, and our soccer program’s runner-up finish in the Lone Star Conference was certainly exciting.  Last spring, we achieved two significant milestones – with men’s golf first LSC Championship in two decades and Florian Obst’s NCAA National Championship title in the decathlon during the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Most importantly, we witnessed tremendous success in the classroom this past fall with a 3.17 cumulative grade point average, and garnered national news coverage for our football team’s efforts in Hurricane Harvey relief. Our academic achievements and community involvement are a direct reflection of the importance placed on our James Thrower Student-Athlete Success Center, which was made possible by Lion Champions Fund Support.

Though our philanthropic support has grown and is celebrated, you will see that we still have historical financial challenges that need to be conquered in order to maintain our current level of success academically and athletically. The following information outlines the difference that your gift of any size will continue to make in the development of our “Best in Class” vision for our student-athlete experience.

The choice to make a gift to the Lion Champions Fund is an investment in the lives of our student-athletes that will pay dividends in their lives and all of our communities. We thank you for your interest in financially supporting YOUR Lions, and choosing to invest in our student-athletes!

Go Lions!

Tim McMurray
Director of Athletics

A Letter From the Director of Athletics

Greetings from Lion Country!

Our Lion Athletics family –coaches, administration, campus partners, current LCF donors, season ticket holders, faculty, staff, students, community and TAMUC alumni – are empowered with our department’s mission to provide and represent a “Best in Class” experience for our talented 424 student-athletes.

The Lion Champions Fund allows us to provide this vehicle for excellence in the classroom, in competition, and in critical life skill development. Without the support of Lion Champions Fund donations, our success would not be possible.

Our competitive success has never been more evident, with our FIRST NCAA Division II Football National Championship.  It was also our first NCAA team championship in our storied history.  In addition to our team bringing the pinnacle trophy home, we were also the first institution in NCAA history to sweep football’s “Triple Crown” – National Champions, Harlon Hill Award winner (quarterback Luis Perez), and the NCAA Elite 90 Award (linebacker Garrett Blubaugh), given to the top-ranked student-athlete competing in each of the NCAA’s 90 championship events.  Garrett currently has an almost perfect GPA in Biology/Pre-Medicine.

Among other program highlights, volleyball ended their season with the first NCAA tournament appearance since 1988, and our soccer program’s runner-up finish in the Lone Star Conference was certainly exciting.  Last spring, we achieved two significant milestones – with Men’s Golf’s first LSC Championship in two decades and Florian Obst’s NCAA National Championship title in the decathlon during the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Most importantly, we witnessed tremendous success in the classroom this past fall with a 3.17 cumulative grade point average, and garnered national news coverage for our football team’s efforts in Hurricane Harvey relief. Our academic achievements and community involvement are a direct reflection of the importance placed on our James Thrower Student-Athlete Success Center, which was made possible by Lion Champions Fund Support.

Though our philanthropic support has grown and is celebrated, you will see that we still have historical financial challenges that need to be conquered in order to maintain our current level of success academically and athletically. The following information outlines the difference that your gift of any size will continue to make in the development of our “Best in Class” vision for our student-athlete experience.

The choice to make a gift to the Lion Champions Fund is an investment in the lives of our student-athletes that will pay dividends in their lives and all of our communities. We thank you for your interest in financially supporting YOUR Lions, and choosing to invest in our student-athletes!

Go Lions!

Tim McMurray
Director of Athletics

Tier II Research Institution

2017 NCAA Division II Football National Champions

3.17 Athletic Department GPA in 2017

381 Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll Accolades

Third Nationally in Community Service Hours

“Since joining the Lion family in 2013 our family has been blessed to be surrounded by one of the most student centered college campuses in the state. Bringing home a National Championship would not have been possible without the support of Lion Champions Fund donors. Your generosity is a large part of the recipe for taking A&M-Commerce TO THE TOP!”

Colby Carthel

NATIONAL CHAMPION HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

45 All-Americans

9 NCAA Postseason Teams

“This university has been a part of my life for the past 42 years as a student, alum, staff member, administrator, and for the past six years I have been privileged to serve as chair of the athletic council. I still remember the pride I felt on the first day I participated in commencement and watched each student walk across that stage. And I have never felt more excitement than I experienced the night we won the Division II National Championship in Kansas City.

Being a part of the Lion Champions Fund means that I played a small part in this success and in the lives of our student-athletes. I will never forget that feeling of pride. Go Lions!”

Alicia Currin

VICE PRESIDENT FOR BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION & CFO | ATHLETIC COUNCIL PRESIDENT | ALUM

LCF BENCHMARKING 2017

Although we have made fantastic strides in philanthropic support over the past year, we are still behind our competition. Growing support through the Lion Champions Fund remains our number one priority. These funds allow our student-athletes and coaches to compete at the highest levels academically, athletically, and in serving our communities.

Private Support Raised 2017

A&M-Kingsville $270,320
West Texas A&M $235,440
Tarleton State $208,190
Angelo State $198,380
A&M-Commerce $106,370

National Recognition

On the field, the Lions have had unprecedented success in recent years in spite of operating, recruiting, and travel budgets that are much lower than our competition both in the Lone Star Conference and across the country. Our student-athletes and coaches need your help to continue to achieve at the highest level.

  • Three consecutive LSC Soccer Championships
  • First Lions team to make 4 straight NCAA Tournaments
  • Hosted NCAA Tournament
    First & Second Rounds – 2017 NCAA Sweet 16
  • #15 Final National Ranking
  • Hosted NCAA Playoff game, first time in 25 years
  • Three consecutive LSC Football Championships
  • 2017 NCAA Sweet 16
  • New Memorial Stadium Record Crowd (9,629)
  • #9 Final National Ranking
  • Three straight LSC Indoor Track & Field Championships
  • 2015 & 2017 LSC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
  • Two Individual Indoor National Champions in 2016
  • Men’s Cross Country 2016 LSC Runners-Up – Best finish since 1993
  • Lion softball is the most successful second-year program in NCAA history
  • Beat #1 ranked West Texas A&M to snap their 30 game win streak
  • 2016 NCAA Regional Qualifier
“The experience I have gained as a Lion student-athlete goes way beyond just my career as a soccer player. Representing the university at conferences and facilitating programs such as our Responsible Lions mentor program and Education Day are some of my proudest accomplishments. The academic staff, trainers, administration, and coaches all have a focus on preparing us for the next step once we graduate. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to build a locker room facility that is directly next to our field, which helps us perform at the level we are capable. Without the Lion Champions Fund we would not be able to take A&M-Commerce Soccer forward! Go Lions!”

Raven Porter

PUBLIC HEALTH | CLASS OF 2018 | FUTURE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL | 3.48 GPA
“Gail and I are proud to support our talented student-athletes through the Lion Champions Fund. As a former student-athlete, I have a keen appreciation for the time demands and effort required. I also value the collaborative spirit between our intercollegiate athletics program and our colleges, student life, student recruitment, and alumni base.”

Dr. John Humphreys

PROVOST & VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

“Winning the Harlon Hill and the Division II National Championship has been an honor. All of these accomplishments could not have been achieved without the great support I have received from our coaches, donors, and my teammates at Commerce. The opportunity to graduate on the same day as the National Championship really shows what being a Lion is all about, and I hope you will consider or continue to support all future Lions!”

Luis Perez

National Champion I 2017 Harlon Hill Trophy Winner | Alumni
“Winning the National Championship was an experience I will never forget because of the opportunity to see a group of people come together as a family and fight through adversity. I was honored to win the Elite 90 Award for the highest GPA at the National Championship. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Lion Champions Fund. Your contributions have led to spaces like the Thrower Student-Athlete Success Center and other opportunities that have allowed student-athletes to excel in the classroom and prepare for life after sports.”

Garrett Blubaugh

ELITE 90 WINNER | BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES PRE-MED | CLASS OF 2019 | 3.96 GPA
“Coming to A&M-Commerce from Germany was definitely a big step for me and my family in pursuing my academic and athletic dreams. Even though I was a little anxious at first, I soon realized that I had found a second family here. Representing A&M-Commerce at the national championships and winning the national title in the decathlon is one of my proudest moments, and one I will never forget. The Lion Champions Fund enables us student-athletes to reach academic excellence and prepare us for the future. Thank You!”

Florian OBST

2017 OUTDOOR DECATHLON NATIONAL CHAMPION

“As the National Representative to the NCAA for our Lone Star Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, I could not be more thankful for the opportunity that A&M–Commerce has given me. I have been able to win a National Championship in football and receive academic support and counseling to help me reach my academic goals. During my time at A&M–Commerce, I hope to continue to be a Best in Class student, athlete, and leader, and make you all proud in every way.”

Alex Shillow

SPORT AND RECREATION MANAGEMENT | CLASS OF 2019 | 3.93GPA | NATIONAL CHAMPION

“As former football and women’s basketball letterwinners, Lion pride is an important part of our family! Visiting with student-athletes while on campus and hearing how thankful they are for our support confirmed to us that our donation contributes to their entire experience. The university and athletics department equipped us with the tools to succeed in our careers, and by supporting the Lion Champions Fund we are able to give back to the next generation of Lions.”

HOLLY & J.P. MULLIGAN

FORMER LETTERWINNERS | LION CHAMPIONS FUND DONORS

LCF Donor Benefits

The best way to support Lion student-athletes is through a generous contribution to the Lion Champions Fund.

A Lion Champions Fund donation is not only an investment in our student-athletes, but also gives you the opportunity to enjoy some exclusive benefits.

Ways to Give

Online Giving

 To make an easy safe donation like through our online Giving Page!

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Check/Credit card

 Checks can be mailed to the Lion Champions Fund at P.O. Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429 or we can take a credit card payment over the phone by calling 903.886.5554.

Automatic Monthly Payment Plans 

Automatic payment plans are an easy way to split your gift into smaller payments. To set up a personal plan please contact the Lion Champions Fund Staff by calling 903.886.5554.

Matching Gifts

Many employers match charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company has a matching gift program, request the appropriate form from your employer and send it in with your gift.

Gifts-In-Kind

In some situations, gifts or goods/services will be accepted in lieu of a cash contribution. All gifts-in-kind must be approved by the Lion Champions Fund.

Contact Us

 Lion Champions Fund
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429
903.468.8187