The Cougar Athletic Fund (CAF) is committed to providing more than 450 student-athletes with resources to excel on the field and in the classroom. Your financial support provides them the opportunity to reach their full potential at WSU, as they prepare for successful careers post-graduation.
The CAF relies on philanthropic gifts to cover the expenses of our student-athlete experience, which totals nearly $11M annually. Last year, generous CAF donors contributed a record $7.7M in support of our student-athletes. With your help, we can continue to close the gap to provide an educational and athletic experience that is one of the best in college athletics.
What is the Super Senior Campaign?
Recent NCAA legislation has granted additional eligibility to senior spring sport student-athletes who have been impacted by Covid-19. This campaign will allow us to highlight our spring sport returning seniors and fundraise for the additional scholarship funds needed for them. We will continue to provide Cougar student-athletes with the tools necessary to succeed, including academic resources, nutrition, medical support, travel, and equipment. The Cougar Athletic Fund has launched a new campaign to help support our Super Seniors and provide them with the resources to continue their dreams of competing and attending school at Washington State University.
You can learn more about three of our "Super Senior" student-athletes who returned this spring to continue their education and finish their careers as a Coug:
- Marie Lund-Hansen, Women's Golf: “I was really excited,” Lund-Hansen said. “I get another go of my senior year. I still had another semester of school, so it made sense to come back and be with my teammates another year and finish things.” Lund-Hansen, who earned a degree in strategic communications with a double minor in sports management and sport communication, is now pursuing a masters in sports management.
- Owen Leonard, Baseball: “The decision to return was very easy to make but not taken for granted,” Leonard said. “I’ve gotten a different perspective of life in general after that happened and that’s something I am incredibly grateful for. Although it was hard fought and there was some trauma, I came out a better person on the other side.”
- RayRay Wells Jr., Track & Field: “I know I have unfinished business to bring a national championship back to Pullman,” said Wells. “For me to be a part of the Cougar family, I can’t be happier to have this experience. I love this school always and forever and will be a Coug for life.”
For more information visit: Super Senior
**All donations will be directed to student-athlete support.
$6 Million Challenge Launched for IPF and Champions Complex
Two generous families have joined forces to initiate a $6 million challenge to help boost fundraising for two major WSU Athletics capital projects: Indoor Practice Facility (IPF) and Champions Complex.
From March 1 to August 31, 2021, any new gift or pledge committed to the IPF or Champions Complex will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $6 million by Scott and Lisa Taylor and Ken and Sue Christianson.
“Thank you to the Taylors and Christiansons for their generous pledge and challenge to fellow Cougs,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “The IPF and Champions Complex are transformational projects for the future of WSU Athletics and we know Cougar Nation will respond in full force to meet the challenge goal.”
Champions Complex (Bohler Renovation):
Washington State student-athletes come to Pullman from across the nation and around the world. Every one of these exceptional Cougs unique aspirations and talents to campus. It is the mission of our staff to unleash their passion in their chosen field and prepare them for life after WSU.
Currently, our resources are spread throughout three buildings and space is confined. The Champions Complex will give our student-athletes a place where they have full and complete access to staff in one building, as well as opportunities to utilize key resources in this expanded space.
The Champions Complex will enable our student-athletes to maximize their available time in a space that provides a world-class educational experience. The Champions Complex will also achieve our vision to deliver student-athletes a transformational experience. Together, we are building the future of Cougar Athletics.
Providing services that meet student-athletes academic, career, and mental health needs serves as a point of trust for them to help embrace these challenges. The benefits the Champions Complex will bring are extensive and will address our student-athletes mental, physical, professional, and social welfare.
For more information visit: Champions Complex
**All donations will support the Champions Complex (Bohler Renovation) project.
Indoor Practice Facility:
The current practice facility is utilized by all WSU athletic programs, including soccer, men's and women’s golf, baseball, track and field, and football. The weather in the Palouse region is notorious for its unpredictability and an Indoor Practice Facility will ensure our student-athletes have a safe place to train year-round, regardless of weather conditions outside.
The Indoor Practice Facility will include:
- State-of-the-art synthetic turf
- Improved lighting and raised ceilings
- Permanent structure
The cost of the facility will be covered entirely by philanthropic support.
For more information visit: Indoor Practice Facility
**All donations will go to support the Indoor Practice Facility project.