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Hillary Ackerman, a former Bearkat soccer player, graduating in May 2013

The Bearkat Champions Annual Fund is comprised of donors who are committed to supporting the overall goals and objectives of the Sam Houston State University Department of Athletics. You become a Bearkat Champion by making an annual gift as low as $100, although gifts of any amount are appreciated and benefit our student-athletes.  

Sam Houston State Athletics sponsors 17 varsity teams – ten for women and seven for men. As a department, we are committed to providing more than 350 student-athletes with exceptional educational and athletic opportunities. The fact is, external revenues, including donations, account for approximately one-third of our annual operating budget. We must fill these budgetary needs before we are able to provide our student-athletes and coaches with additional resources that help them achieve their goals and win championships for Sam Houston State University.

As a donor to the Annual Fund, you have the choice to donate to the Bearkat Champions General or Academic Funds or to a specific sport’s Enrichment Fund. Matching gifts from employers are also recognized and earn you additional priority points.



Bearkat Champions & Academic Fund – gifts received are used to fund fifth year & summer scholarships for our student athletes, to help provide academic resources through the Learning Enhancement Center, and to aid in covering other expenses at the Director of Athletics’ discretion.

Enrichment Fund – contributions received are used to support specific designated sports to (a) fill the financial needs for that sport or b) to be used for special projects that are recommended by the head coach and approved by the Director of Athletics.

Matching Gift – ask your employer if they offer matching gifts for your donation.

Sam Houston's Fall MVPs for the 2012-2013 season were honored at the Night of Champions, Bearkat Athletic's Student-Athlete awards banquet held each Spring.
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