The New Mexico State Athletics Department and Aggie football team announced today that a ‘Football Success Fund’ has been established to help create a source of funds that will address key needs for football, including academic support and summer school scholarships, training table and nutrition, recruiting top talent and retaining assistant coaches.
Mickey Clute, NM State graduate of 1968 and Hank Cook, NM State graduate of 1976 started the Football Success Fund early last year. The vision driving this fund is to make football competitive in the Western Athletic Conference. Membership in the fund is $5,000 per person and to date, 22 people have committed to join the effort.
According to the Football Success Fund Chair, Mike Cheney, NM State graduate of 1985, “A key focus of this fund is to ensure the dollars are utilized for the designated purposes and to enhance the current football budget.”
The benchmark for this program is found at Boise State where the Broncos created a similar group about seven years ago. Now called the Football Coaches Club, they went from about 35 members the first year to raising $550,000 in 2010-2011 with 110 contributors. The Boise State model is a great example of what a football success fund can do for a collegiate football program.
“Football is a top priority for NM State Intercollegiate Athletics. Coach Walker is the right coach for this university and we have an opportunity to help his team succeed,” Wayne Stickney, Associate Athletic Director for Development said.
If you want to get involved and make a difference, join the ranks of President Barbara and Mr. Paul Couture, Dr. McKinley and Mrs. Magellia Boston, Regent Laura and Dr. John Conniff, and Coach DeWayne and Mrs. Zan Walker, by becoming a member of the Football Success Fund. Contact the Aggie Athletic Club at (575) 646-5151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org  to join today.