Your Support is Deeply Appreciated

Your Support is Deeply Appreciated

December 10, 2020

Dear Donors,

Eleven months ago, our organization communicated to you for the first time regarding your 2020 football season tickets, and shortly thereafter the unfortunate impacts of the COVID-19 health crisis were felt by all. Through the uncertainty, you have remained committed to Aggie football and our more than 600 student-athletes across all sports. For that, Texas A&M Athletics and the 12th Man Foundation are deeply appreciative.

As a key stakeholder in Aggie Athletics, it is important that you stay apprised of the current financial impact of a truncated 2020 football season and capacity restrictions at Kyle Field. By hosting a reduced number of home football games at 25 percent capacity this season, Texas A&M Athletics and the 12th Man Foundation are at risk of suffering losses in excess of $40 million. This substantial figure represents a quarter of the athletics department’s normal operating budget and is vital to not only the trajectory of every Aggie program, but also the development of current and future student-athletes.

Throughout our organization’s history, donor support has provided the pathway for Aggie student-athletes to achieve greatness in competition and in the classroom. Whether it’s record-setting performances or helping lead their teams to championships, so many remarkable student-athletes have left a legacy in Aggieland that will not be forgotten. However, the difference our student-athletes make goes far beyond gameday, impacting their communities and our country thanks in large part to the education, experiences and opportunities provided at Texas A&M.

Two prime examples are Jay Brooks ’01 and Erin Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH ’02. As an Aggie football player, “Big Play” Jay frequently impacted games with his relentless effort on the field. Today, he’s making a difference in his community through front-line service as a detective with the Atlanta Police Department. A former member of the Aggie diving team, Dr. Sauber-Schatz currently leads the CDC’s Community Intervention and Critical Population Task Force and is affecting change with her service on the CDC’s COVID-19 response team. A veteran in health emergencies, she also served on special assignment during the 2010 Haiti Earthquake and the 2014 Ebola Epidemic.

Without your support, Texas A&M Athletics would not have the resources to shape and mold current leaders like Jay and Erin or future leaders who are attending our university today and tomorrow. The ripple effect of our actions typically runs much deeper and wider than we possibly imagine, and your positive influence on the lives of our student-athletes is a perfect illustration of that notion.

Today, Aggie Athletics and the 12th Man Foundation are at a crossroads. It’s a defining moment in our history that will have a long-term impact on our programs and student-athletes. With your financial support, we can navigate the present circumstances and continue to prepare the young adults we are entrusted with for success on the field, in the classroom and in life.

Gig ’em,

Travis V. Dabney ’96

President & CEO

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