Gifts to athletics can make an immediate impact on our student-athletes. Your generosity provides these students the tools they need to pursue success in the classroom, in competition and within the Bearkat community.

There are a number of ways you can support SHSU Athletics:

Bearkat Champions Fund:

The Bearkat Champions Fund enhances Sam Houston State Athletics' ability to provide more than 400 student-athlete with the resources they need to compete at a high level for 17 varsity teams - ten for women and seven for men. By becoming a Bearkat Champion and contributing on an annual basis, our most loyal supporters, along with the hard work of our student-athletes and coaches, are Building Champions on and off of the playing field.

NCAA Academic Advisor Account:

Gifts are used for student-athlete development programs and opportunities that enhance the overall student-athlete experience. Donations help provide academic resources through the Learning Enhancement Center and help fund fifth-year and summer scholarships for our student-athletes, as well as other student-athlete needs as determined by the Director of Athletics.

Sport Specific Giving:

To compete with the best, we must invest well before the competition begins on gameday. Your support helps to offset the costs of travel, equipment, gear, training, and other programmatic expenses that are integral for each sport to reach its highest potential. Make a gift to your favorite Bearkat sport to help it achieve its goals in the future.

Bearkat Golf Challenge
When 10 gifts are made to Golf, a gift of $1,500 will be unlocked, thanks to the generosity of Nicole Czajkoski '01. Make your gift today and help get us one step closer to unlocking this challenge!
10 / 10 Gifts
The Kieval Softball Challenge
The Kieval legacy continues at SHSU. Rich Kieval was a letterwinner for SHSU Basketball from 1977-1980. Join the Kieval Family to support Bearkat Athletics. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., on April 23, when 50 people give to the Softball Team, a gift of $10,000 will be unlocked. This gift was generously donated by Rich ’80 and Danya ’80 Kieval.
50 / 50 Gifts
Athletics Leaderboard Challenge
Rob Thompson ’99 (football ’94-’98) wants your gifts to go even further on Giving Day! Rob is sponsoring the Athletics Leaderboard Challenge, which will award his $2,500 donation to the sport that attracts the most gifts between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 23. Make a gift now and help your favorite sport benefit from these funds!
Rank Prize Sport Gifts
1 $2,500 Softball Enrichment 43
2 Volleyball Enrichment 8
3 Women's Basketball Enrichment 7
4 Baseball Enrichment 6
5 Football Enrichment 4
Basketball Challenge in Honor of Reed Lindsey
Reed Lindsey ’33, was a 4-year letterman basketball player and 3-year captain at SHSU from 1928-1932. After graduation, he went on to work for Sam Houston for 49 years. In his honor, when 20 people give to the Men’s Basketball Team, a gift of $500 will be unlocked. This gift was generously donated by his daughter, Patsy Ann ’74, ’78 and her husband Dennis Reed ’75, ‘79.
SHSU 1961 Sigma Chi Challenge
Sigma Chi alumni brothers Jerry Stephenson '78, Larry Larrison '77, Shane Sklar '99, and Jason Hammons '99 have come together for our first SHSU Giving Day to encourage support back to the university. Give $19.61 or more in honor of the founding of Sigma Chi at SHSU and when 25 gifts are made, $1,961 will be unlocked from these fraternity brothers!
Most Gifts Leaderboard
Which specific area on campus will receive the most gifts to support their larger philanthropic goals? Make a gift now to help your favorite area at Sam Houston State University get to the top of the leaderboard!
Rank Department Gifts
1 Athletics 250
2 College of Business Administration 124
3 Alumni Association 56
4 Freshman Scholarships 41
5 SHSU Food Pantry 40
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