Building Spartan Athletics Together
The new annual fund provides vital resources for over 470 student-athletes and 22 sports programs. Gifts are critical to the future of SJSU Athletics and empower student-athletes to compete at the highest levels of Division I athletics. Join the growing group of supporters helping to elevate SJSU within the Mountain West Conference and beyond.
Thank you to all alumni, letter-winners and friends who made a gift
Your generosity enables Spartan student-athletes to grow as individuals through their academic endeavors and competition in Division I athletics, preparing them for leadership roles in their post-graduate pursuits.
“Being on a team teaches me how to depend on other people. You have to work together to be able to reach your goal.”
—Analyss Benally, ’20 Communications, Women’s Basketball
Giving to the Spartan Athletics Fund
Have you graduated from SJSU within the last five years? The New Spartan level offers you the opportunity to positively impact the SJSU experience for 450-plus student-athletes. Other benefits include:
- SJSU Tower Foundation Giving Society recognition.
- Subscription to bi-weekly Spartan Athletics e-newsletter.
- Opportunity to participate in the Order of Sparta Hall of Fame inductee nominations (former Spartan student-athletes only).
Did you graduate more than five years ago? Enjoy all the same benefits as New Spartans with your annual donation.
All the New Level benefits, as well as:
- 20 percent discount on single item merchandise purchase at CEFCU Stadium
- Donor recognition in Spartan football game day program.
All the New and Blue Level benefits, as well as:
- Connect with a Spartan student-athlete via Spartan Athletics Fund Thank-a-Thons, see firsthand how your donation makes a difference.
All the New, Blue and Gold Level benefits, as well as:
- Two exclusive Hardwood Lounge passes at all regular season home basketball games (with a season ticket purchase).
Hall of Fame Level
All the New, Blue, Gold and All-American Level benefits, as well as:
- Access to the Athletics Director’s Suite at the spring game.
- Option to purchase exclusive parking for home football games in Lot 1 (subject to availabiity; with season ticket purchase)
- Two exclusive Gold Room access passes at all regular season home football games (with a season ticket purchase).
Golden Spartan Level
All the New, Blue, Gold, All-American and Hall of Fame Level benefits, as well as:
- Four exclusive Hardwood Lounge passes at all regular season home basketball games (with a season ticket purchase).
- Four exclusive Gold Room access passes at all regular season home football games (with a season ticket purchase).
- Be paired with a Spartan student-athlete as the supporter of their in-state scholarship.
- Invitation for two to attend the football Signing Day VIP event.
- Invitation for two to attend the pre-Sammys athletics director and head coaches gala.
All the New, Blue, Gold, All-American, Hall of Fame and Golden Level benefits, as well as:
- Six exclusive Hardwood Lounge passes at all regular season home basketball games (with a season ticket purchase).
- Six exclusive Gold Room access passes at all regular season home football games (with a season ticket purchase).
- Be paired with a Spartan student-athlete as the supporter of his or her out-of-state scholarship.
- Ultimate Spartan football pre-game experience: Bring a guest to a 2019 home football game experience including pictures on the 50-yard line, a tour of South Campus athletics facilities and a meet-and-greet with the athletics director and football coach.
Blue and Gold Society
All the New, Blue, Gold, All-American, Hall of Fame, Golden and Spartan Council Level benefits, as well as:
- Invitation for two to golf or have dinner with the athletics director or head coach of your choice.
When you make a gift between July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019, your benefits will be activated for the 2019 – 2020 athletics season (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020). If this is your first gift to Spartan Athletics, you will receive benefits at your gift level for the remainder of the 2018 – 2019 athletics season.
All donations to the Spartan Athletics Fund are tax-deductible, less the fair market value of the benefits received (per IRS regulations). Consult your tax advisor for specific questions regarding the deductibility of your gift.
“I am very proud to be a Spartan.”
—Zamore Zigler, ’19 Justice Studies, Football
When the Spartan Foundation was established in 1958, there was a profound need to provide supplemental resources to advance the objectives of the Athletics Department. The founders and original supporters were true pioneers, maintaining a vision that recognized the importance of philanthropy and the noble cause of supporting Spartan Athletics. Today, the need to provide philanthropic resources for our athletic programs is greater than ever before—and we are expanding opportunities for our studentathletes by creating the Spartan Athletics Fund. We will forever be grateful for the role the founders and other longtime supporters of the Spartan Foundation have played in making San José State Athletics what it is today!
The Tower Foundation of San Jose State is the official clearinghouse for all gifts to the university. In 2014, the university determined that all gifts to Athletics would be processed through the Tower Foundation like all other SJSU philanthropic gifts. As an independent legal entity, the Spartan Foundation became dormant without a need to have a separate foundation dedicated solely to the purpose of processing gifts to Athletics.
Spartan Athletics Fund Board
Dave Donahue, Immediate Past President
’69 BS, ’71 MS, Civil Engineering
David Neighbors, President
’84 Accounting, ’93 MS Taxation
’64 Civil Engineering
’63 BS, ’65 MS, Civil Engineering
’70 Sociology, ’81 MA Education
’97 Finance, ’01 MBA
’86 Business Finance
’52 Theatre Arts
’91 International Business
There are many ways to impact the lives of student-athletes. Gifts to the Spartan Athletics Funds ensure broad support for SJSU Athletics—creating opportunities and building momentum that advance the entire university. To learn more about how you can make a difference email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-924-1244.
San Jose State is dedicated to pursuing excellence in academics and athletics. The commitment to this pursuit includes adherence to all NCAA, Mountain West and SJSU rules governing intercollegiate athletics by Spartan coaches, staff, student-athletes and fans.
To allow San Jose State to seek the highest standard of ethical conduct at all times, please contact the Spartan Athletics Advancement office or the Spartan Athletics compliance office before considering any interaction with current student-athletes or recruits. This will help SJSU ensure NCAA regulations are properly followed. We are proud to have your loyal support, dedication and enthusiasm for Spartan Athletics.