Through student athletics, the CSU strives to promote an environment of teamwork, leadership and personal accountability. Every day, student-athletes demonstrate a dedication to the hard work and competitive spirit that builds character on the playing fields, in classrooms and, ultimately, in the workforce.Our teams’ competitive success and uncompromising integrity are a tremendous source of campus and community pride.
San José State University has received a $5 million pledge from Larry and Deirdre Solari, alumni and philanthropists. The gift is among the largest ever made to SJSU Athletics, and will support, among other things, a new football operations center planned for the east side of CEFCU Stadium, Home of the Spartans.
“The Solaris are now among our greatest benefactors in terms of investing in our football program and in assisting with our efforts to elevate the overall profile of the program,” says Athletics Director Marie Tuite. “This is a touchpoint day for Spartan Football, Spartan Athletics and San José State University.”
The sporting goods manufacturing company Jas D. Easton, Inc. has committed a $1.5 million gift to California State University, Northridge. About $1 million of the contribution will go toward establishing the James L. Easton Fellowship in Engineering Endowment in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The remainder of the gift will be used to support CSUN’s student archery club, an archery class in the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Development and the creation of an on-campus archery range.
The playing surface at Blair Field, the historic ballpark at California State University, Long Beach, will be named in recognition of a multi-million-dollar gift from longtime supporter and diehard Dirtbags fan Marilyn Bohl. Signage will now welcome fans to Bohl Diamond at Blair Field. The gift will go toward ongoing upgrade efforts, including new stadium lights, and plans to renovate the structure along the leftfield line into a new multi-purpose facility.
California State University, Bakersfield is renovating their basketball court and making other improvements to the Icardo Center, thanks to a major gift from Kern Schools Federal Credit Union. The renovated floor, which is widely known as the only blue basketball court in NCAA Division 1, will be named Kern Schools Court.
The Athletics Department of California State University, Dominguez Hills has met its challenge of raising $10,000, which will be matched by Rod and Katherine Hay to establish the Rod and Katherine Hay Athletics Success Endowment.
Every single employee of the CSUDH Athletics Department joined in to raise more than $2,000 at the initiative’s onset, and basketball alumni Robert Barksdale, Jason Payne, Tyler Payne and CSUDH Associate Dean Hamoud Salhi each made commitments of more than $500. The endowment will support Toro student-athletes in their academic success.