June 1, 2016
Each year the Alexander-Tharpe Fund is tasked with raising funds that go toward ensuring the pursuit of athletic, academic and personal success of Georgia Tech student-athletes. With the 2016 giving year drawing to a close on June 30, all Yellow Jacket alumni, fans, family and friends are encouraged to “Cap It Off” with a donation to the A-T Fund.
Donations made through A-T Unrestricted Fund directly affect the experience these extraordinary young men and women have during their time on the Flats. And the individual stories bear witness to the impact your philanthropy can make.
Visit atfund.org/CapItOff to learn more about how your gifts are reflected in your Yellow Jackets.
Athletic Success: Sophomore Christopher Eubanks was named the 2016 ACC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year and climbed to the top 10 nationally in singles. On the diamond, the baseball team spent the entire 2016 regular season in the top 25 and the Jackets were led by six All-ACC performers, including, first-teamers Tristin English, Kel Johnson and Matt Gonzalez.
Academic Success: Georgia Tech student-athletes continued to excel in the classroom with a strong spring semester. Nearly 60% of Georgia Tech’s 363 student-athletes earned a 3.0 or higher grade point average. Softball recorded the highest team GPA at 3.30 with golf and women’s swimming and diving in second and third, respectively.
Personal Success: Two of the most important words that we try to convey at Georgia Tech are THANK YOU. In November, approximately 60 student-athletes called more than 500 donors and penned handwritten thank you notes on the first night of Georgia Tech’s third annual #GTDonorWeek. It was an opportunity to connect donors to the student-athletes they support in a personal way by offering a chance to hear the impact of their gift first hand from the student-athletes themselves.
The A-T Unrestricted Fund is a critical component of the GTAA’s annual operation, and an area where any support of the Jackets can participate at any gift amount. The A-T Unrestricted Fund offsets the annual expenses of student-athlete scholarships. As these expenses continue to rise, unrestricted funding is vital to closing the gap between endowment returns and scholarship costs. In 2015, donors contributed more than $1.3 million to the A-T Unrestricted Fund, and current support from donors has crossed $1 million for 2016. Help us beat last year’s total, and make your gift today!
ADDITIONAL GIFT OPTIONS
An endowed scholarship to Georgia Tech Athletics enables a young man or woman to match the full development of his or her potential with the mastery of a challenging academic major at a distinguished university. Such a scholarship allows coaches to recruit elite student-athletes nationally as they seek those special individuals who will thrive at Georgia Tech.
The Georgia Tech Athletic Association is currently fundraising for facility initiatives, with the goal of providing every GT student-athlete the best experience possible. These projects include renovation of the Edge Center, Phase II of renovations to Russ Chandler Stadium for Georgia Tech Baseball, and completion of the Noonan Golf Facility.