Lindsey Radeer, Associate Athletic Director for Development
This is a new era for Hurricane Athletics, not only because of our new head football coach Randy Shannon, but also because of the critical goals laid out in The Sprint for Hurricane Athletics Campaign. This campaign will provide our athletic department with critical funding to give our student-athletes an environment that develops champions, both on and off the field. We kicked off The Sprint for Hurricane Athletics Campaign in January 2007. The initiatives include building new and renovating on campus facilities, expanding our athletic department endowment, establishing a football fund and growing our Hurricane Club membership. The Hurricane Club is the athletic department annual fund supporting the Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund. Donations to the Hurricane Club provide our donors benefits like ticket location priority, invitations to member only events, and eligibility to purchase Bowl, away game and ACC tournament tickets. Everyone who makes a donation to any of the priorities listed above, including their annual contribution to the Hurricane Club, will support The Sprint for Hurricane Athletics Campaign. Every gift, no matter the size or athletic priority designation, is an investment into the future success of Hurricane Athletics. To make a donation to UM Athletics for the Hurricane Club or for any one of the priorities of The Sprint for Hurricane Athletics Campaign, please call 1-800-GOCANES or 305-284-6699 or go to Hurricanesports.com and click on the “donate now” tab.
1. Has a priority list for where the $ from the sprint will be spent been created? What is on the top of the list?
The Sprint for Hurricane Athletics Campaign has a total goal of over $70 million to be raised over the next three years. Priorities include a goal of $34.8 million for building and enhancing facilities like a new Academic Building, a renovated and expanded Training Room, and a new Basketball Field House & Practice Facility. Additionally, we will renovate the Neil Schiff Tennis Center and Cobb Soccer and Track Stadium, build a football equipment facility and complete renovations to Alex Rodriquez Park at Mark Light Field. We also plan to raise $21 million in support of the Hurricane Club Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund, $10 million for endowed scholarships and $5 million for a designated Football Fund.
2. How far along are we in the sprint? How much has been collected? Any info on the alum who said he would match? How have the U's recent academic fundraising efforts gone so far?
The university reached and exceeded its $1 Billion Momentum Campaign goal, which included an athletics goal of $63 million. We achieved that goal in August 2006 with a majority of the funding supporting the BankUnited Center along with program and scholarship needs. The Sprint for Hurricane Athletics Campaign began in January 2007 and has already raised $14 million. The match you were speaking about started with a loyal ‘Cane supporter who pledged $500,000 to the campaign. He wanted to challenge our former football student-athletes to match his donation to the Football Facilities Renovation Fund created by Coach Shannon. To date, the fund has raised over $1 million to improve the on campus football facilities including meeting rooms, student-athlete lounge, coaches’ offices, weight room and locker room. The Football Fund campaign goal is $5 million over the next three years. As you can see, we are off to a great start. We are very fortunate that many of our former student-athletes value the education and the athletic opportunities they were given as students and have chosen to support the Athletic Department during this campaign.
3. Some schools have scholarships for specific positions or numbers (usually funded by former players) has the U thought of this effort?
Yes, we have a $10 million campaign goal to add 20 additional full and endowed scholarships to our current endowment. A major gift of $500,000 endows a scholarship in perpetuity; this is where a donor, called a Lifetime Living Scholar, for the rest of their life receives the highest level of benefits and ticket priority for their generous donation. They are allowed to choose the sport, position and name of the endowed Scholarship. However, due to compliance regulations, they are not allowed to pick the student-athlete.
4. Does the U offer any programs for its student-athletes (especially those that may go un-drafted) to prepare them for life outside of sports? We often hear how the NFL guys come back to help out and guide the youngsters. Do the U’s successful business alumni give any career guidance; help with finding jobs, etc.?
Yes, we do offer many programs through our excellent Academic Services staff lead by Associate Athletic Director Roger Bell. Athletic Academic services have wonderful support programs that work hand in hand with the University of Miami Toppel Career Center to provide resources in resume writing, interviewing, networking, and career guidance. The athletic department also invites guest speakers, some of whom are alumni and former athletes, to speak to the current student-athletes about career opportunities. Additionally, we have support programs that offer advice on business etiquette, stress management and money management. One of our largest and most ambitious goals for the campaign is the construction of a new Academic Building. It is a $15 million building that will house our Academic Center, study/tutor space, computer, math and writing laboratories, as well as coach’s and academic staff offices and the Tom Kearns Sports Hall of Fame. This building will give our student-athletes the resources to succeed academically and promote their development as well-rounded individuals.
5. As someone who saw games at the Horseshoe and the OB, where does Lindsey and the Hurricane Club come out on if the U should move and preserving the legacy of the OB?
From a UM Athletics perspective we have two choices, and we are lucky to have an alternative choice with Dolphin Stadium. The reality of college athletics today is that we have a financial responsibility to provide our student-athletes with scholarships, world class facilities, support programs and a fiscally responsible infrastructure to preserve their legacy and to maintain a competitive athletics department that attracts the star student-athletes of tomorrow. Personally, I support my team regardless of where the game is played. I would follow the Canes and support our coaches and student-athletes even if they decided to play the game in an abandoned lot.
6. Hey 86, ask Lindsey from the Hurricane Club when I can expect the stuff they're supposed to send me for joining the club this year. Aren't I supposed to get some decal or a certificate or something?
The car decals and membership cards are annually mailed in August just prior to Football season. There are many benefits to becoming a Hurricane Club member and I encourage you to check out our web page at www.hurricanesports.com and click on the “Hurricane Club” tab.
7. How does one go from OSU to UM? Was Lindsey at OSU during the Fiesta Bowl fiasco? If so, what is her opinion on the "flag"?
Interesting question and one I receive often. I started working for UM in February 2004. During the 2002 season/2003 Fiesta Bowl, I was in New Jersey, working for Seton Hall University and not yet affiliated with the University of Miami. I was cheering for my Alma Mater to win the Fiesta Bowl, as any alumnus would do. Many would agree with me that it was an instant classic and was one of the best college football games of all time, with both teams worthy of winning the National Title. In my years at the University of Miami, I have come to admire the competitive edge of our student-athletes and respect our athletic program in both its legacy and its current staff and coaches. I now feel part of the family that collectively provides an environment that supports our student-athletes to be able to compete at the highest levels. Now, I have the unique opportunity of seeing the game from another perspective. I can empathize with Miami fans and see how upsetting it would be to see the way the game ended and the penalty call. However, I also know from being around our football program and coaches, that they realize a game is not won or lost on one flag or one play. Rest assured that when UM plays Ohio State in 2010 and 2011, I will be along side all ‘Canes fans - cheering our UM football student-athletes and coaches onto victory.
8. Where in NJ is she from? Exit 7A off the Turnpike.