Sept. 27, 2012
The manner in which our Cal community stepped forward in 2011-12 to support our department and student-athletes has unfolded as nothing short of inspirational. The wide swath of initiatives, challenges, grants, gifts, volunteerism and service that this diverse family has injected into Cal Athletics will have a lasting impact that bodes well for our student-athletes - past, present and future - and the University that serves them.
From all of the fans who have become part of the Endowment Seating Program in the renovated California Memorial Stadium, to those who have spurred new levels of commitment and energy in every one of our 29 intercollegiate sports - it is your collective will that sustains us. Be on the lookout for the IA Annual Report coming this autumn, when we will share our stories of excellence and recognize you, our Golden Bears, for your support. Each of us associated with Cal Athletics is grateful for all you do to enable our student-athletes on their journey to victory in the classroom and on the field.
Thank you and GO BEARS!
Bedrock for the Foundation
Barry and Susan Baskin are lifelong Cal fans and supporters across the campus and holders of two premium seats at Memorial Stadium. He is a former member of the Big C Society Board of Directors, from 1982-86; chair of the TeamCal Tennis Committee, from 2003-10, which came after his first, five-year stint on that committee; member of the Athletic Department Volunteer Leadership Council, from 2003-05; and member of the Building Champions Campaign Committee, from 2009-10.
Barry continues to be an active member of the University Athletics Board, the Bear Backers Advisory Board and the Endowment Seating Program Committee. For his infinite commitment to volunteerism in support of Cal Athletics, Barry received the 2010 Golden Bear of the Year Award.
"I could never give back to Cal as much as its given to me," he said.
Challenge to New and Old
"Fifteen to 20 percent should grow to 90 percent," Eckles said of the Cal alumni participation rate.
The retired chairman and CEO of Helm Financial Corporation, Eckles is also working to create new scholarships and cooperate with the director of the Athletics Study Center, Derek Van Rheenen, to improve that resource for student-athletes.
It's the totality of the student-athlete experience, and directing support to its areas of most need, that draws Eckles.
"My point is to give some focus and create some energy, looking beyond the sports that are always in the spotlight," he said. "I want to put a spotlight on all the sports and encourage others to realize this is what we all need to be doing."
Teaming Up with Men's Gymnastics
"We hope that Cal's gymnastics community will respond," said Doug, who earned his AB at Cal in 1974. "This challenge grant, along with the much larger commitment we made to Cal baseball, is intended to restore all of Cal sports to what they were before the unfortunate but necessary cutbacks were proposed."
The initiative by the Goldmans is but a stepping stone toward the larger goal of creating endowments that will permit longevity and sustainability for each of Cal's sports. Thanks to Lisa and Doug, the entire Cal community can make their dollars doubly important by supporting men's gymnastics.
This Bear is Always There
"The culture of sports binds the University together," Herriges said. "My involvement in Cal Athletics as a volunteer allowed me from the very beginning to see other areas of the University and become more interested in supporting them."
Joan attended Cal football games as a young girl from East Oakland and has rarely missed a game since. She said attending games, whether football, basketball, volleyball, rugby or anything else, creates its own community and "binds people together."
Joan and her husband, Bruce, have watched generations of families grow up in Memorial Stadium and are thrilled to be returning. "Walking into the remodeled stadium will be a sentimental day and thrill for Cal fans," she said.
Helping to Engineer Success
In 2011 they created the Dustin & Melissa Harder Scholarship, currently held by sophomore defensive back Stefan McClure. The Harders then extended their pledge to further support men's basketball.
"We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go to Cal and it meant a lot to us," said Dustin. "We met there, we met a lot of our friends there, and we wanted to give that opportunity to other individuals. Athletics is a great avenue for that. For people to compete as part of a team and go to a great school like Cal, it really says something about them and their ability to succeed."
Sustaining Baseball's Momentum
The former walk-on right-fielder, cofounder and current vice president of sales and marketing at OluKai, Inc., in Irvine has since helped Cal baseball resurrect itself from near extinction by helping the program to navigate its way into modern methods of community building and better speak the language of an active, sustainable athletic program.
The vice chair of the Cal Baseball Foundation, McInerny was the chief architect behind the website for Save Cal Baseball, which has evolved into the foundation since the team's retention in IA after 2011. Together with the Facebook page created by Doug Nickle and Twitter feed set up by James Holder, the site proved to be an important ingredient in the outreach efforts to build baseball's community and database.
"The most important thing is that everyone rallied, from five to 50,000 dollars," McInerny said. "The whole thing was teamwork to make the dream work. But let's remember, we have not saved Cal baseball in perpetuity. We need to continue to communicate and give back to pave the way for future generations."
Making Baseball Fly
The president of Jackson Street Partners in San Francisco, Roslyn earned her BBA at Michigan and her MBA at Harvard, but said she is "thrilled that both my son and husband (Lisle, MBA 1967) are Cal graduates."
Payne credited the entire Cal Baseball Foundation, from chairman Stu Gordon, who became the 2011-12 Golden Bear of the Year award winner, all the way down, for its efforts to broaden the community's thinking and sustainably enlarge the program footprint.
"Our work is not done here," she said. "We need to keep working. The runway is in place, but if you want to get an airplane to fly, you have to plan for it."
A UC Berkeley Foundation trustee, 1984 recipient of a degree in political science and football donor, McKissick is also part of the SoCal Committee and has been a big ingredient in successful Coaches Tours, co-hosting events since 2004 and working with others to better consolidate the fragmented community of alumni in his part of the state, which boasts approximately 80,000 Cal graduates.
McKissick has worked with other members of the SoCal Board - including Richard Sandler, Jon Glaser, Cyrus Hadidi, Victor Coleman, Jeff Marks, Robert Brunswick, Alex Shipman, Bob Smiland, former All-America Bear quarterback Pat Barnes and others - to make big strides for the Bears in SoCal. "There is great potential for Cal in Southern California," he said. "There are many passionate Golden Bears roaming around Los Angeles, looking to reconnect with Berkeley and provide much-needed support to the numerous athletic and academic needs of Cal. There is much work to be done, but Cal is making steady progress."
Their lead gift of $750,000 will help to create elevated seating along the north side of the courts, visiting locker rooms, public restrooms and hopefully more over time.
Men's head coach Peter Wright called the Newmarks' commitment "terrific from every standpoint. We already had a surface that's the best on the West Coast, but these improvements will be huge and will help to qualify Cal to host Pac-12 events. They're very important upgrades."
Crew is Rogers' Neighborhood
Andy was instrumental as Friends of Cal Crew raised an impressive amount of money in 2011-12 and has been steadfast in his effort to carry that commitment to the program's alumni, parents and friends. He is the son of accomplished entrepreneur T. Gary Rogers '63, a transformational leader for the men's crew program.
Andy (pictured with children, Jordan and Jaclyn) most recently traveled to London to cheer on Cal's seven rowers at the Summer Olympics, which included men's eight coxswain and Friend of Cal Crew fundraiser Zach Vlahos, as well as both programs' coaches, Dave O'Neill for the women and Mike Teti for the men.
Tent of Support
This spring, Lee and fellow parents reached their $100,000 fundraising goal for the second straight year (after raising almost as much in 2009-10); just as importantly, they helped to create a hospitality presence for fellow parents and all Cal fans that had been missing at rowing events.
Now, a Cal tent is pitched at every race, offering supporters of Cal crew a place to gather for hot coffee served with blue-and-gold community.
"We now have a very active parent group that accompanies the team at every regatta," she said. "It's fantastic because you see the impact the parents actually make. And when you get involved, it's a lot fun. We have a common cause and common beliefs."
To explore additional ways to support Cal Athletics, please call the Office of Athletic Development at (510) 642-2427, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit CalBears.com/bear-backers/home.html. Help us make the 2012-13 year our best yet.