2021 E. King Gill Award Recipients

Robyn ’89 & Alan Roberts ’78


The E. King Gill Award is presented annually to a person or family who has been an influential investor and ambassador for Texas A&M Athletics, and it is with pride the 12th Man Foundation presents the 2021 E. King Gill Award to Robyn ’89 and Alan Roberts ’78.

Loyal supporters of Texas A&M University dating back to their time on campus as students, the Roberts have cultivated a selfless tradition of giving back which has paved the way for Aggie student-athletes to enjoy success in competition and beyond.

“The 12th Man Foundation’s mission of funding championship athletics would not be possible without the extraordinary support of Robyn and Alan Roberts,” 12th Man Foundation President and CEO Travis Dabney said. “They share the vision for Texas A&M to be the premier athletics department in the country and have stepped up every time they have been called upon. They are incredibly deserving recipients of this prestigious award.”

Through generous philanthropic gifts, the Roberts have helped make possible numerous transformative capital projects such as the Bright Complex, Blue Bell Park, R.C. Slocum Nutrition Center and the redevelopment of Kyle Field.

When Kyle Field was officially reintroduced in 2015 as the finest football stadium in the country, Alan answered the call by stepping into a key leadership role as chair of the 12th Man Foundation Board of Trustees.

Long-time season ticket holders for Aggie football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball, the Roberts have formed many lasting relationships with Texas A&M coaches and student-athletes. In another example of their extraordinary support, the Roberts have been extremely impactful in A&M's recruiting efforts by providing private transportation for coaches to expand their reach and attract world-class student-athletes to Aggieland.

The Roberts’ financial support of Texas A&M extends beyond athletics, as they have generously supported Mays Business School and the Association of Former Students.

Robyn and Alan have passed their love of Aggie Athletics down to their daughters, Jennifer ’13 and Allyson ’16, who followed in their parents’ footsteps to Texas A&M and as active supporters of the 12th Man Foundation.

“The 12th Man Foundation’s mission of funding championship athletics would not be possible without the extraordinary support of Robyn and Alan Roberts. They share the vision for Texas A&M to be the premier athletics department in the country and have stepped up every time they have been called upon. They are incredibly deserving recipients of this prestigious award.”

Travis Dabney

ABOUT THE E. KING GILL AWARD

The E. King Gill Award is the most significant recognition given by the 12th Man Foundation, and it is presented to a person or couple who has been an influential investor and ambassador for Texas A&M Athletics. The recipient is selected based on financial commitment, exemplary service and leadership as a volunteer advocate, a high level of ethics and distinction as a role model.

Previous E. King Gill Award honorees: Rhonda and Frosty ’80 Gilliam (2020), Trisha and L.C. “Chaz” ’62 Neely  (2019), Sharon ’81 and Jim ’81 Wilson (2018), Carolyn and Tommie E. Lohman ’59 (2017), Susan ’13 and Sam ’70 Torn (2016), Dorothy and Artie R. McFerrin ’65 (2015), Alice and Erle A. Nye ’59 (2014), Judith and Weldon Jaynes ’54 (2013), Kay and Jerry S. Cox ’72 (2012), Carolyn and Jack E. Little ’60 (2011) and Col. George J. Eppright ’26 (2011).

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