Football Giving Priorities

Sherman Field RenovationThe Michigan Tech Football program has developed a master plan for improvements to Sherman Field. The project is broken down into two phases. Phase 1 includes new seating for 2,100 fans and handicap accessible parking along with concrete for the VIP Pavilion. Phase 2 includes an expanded press box, coaching boxes, restrooms and concessions. The total project cost is $3 million. We have nearly $1.2 million in gifts and pledges and plan to break ground on Phase 1 in April 2018. Our goal is to break ground for Phase 2 in Spring 2019.

We are at a critical juncture in the life of the Michigan Tech Football program. The university and alumni have invested in the past to improve facilities and generate more financial support for our student athletes. These investments have provided a solid base for building a program that you can have significant pride in. The football facilities are the last area that must be addressed – the seats in the stadium are original from 1968!

We seek your support.  Please consider your year-end giving for 2017 and make a gift before December 31 to assist with Phase 1 of the Project. Then we ask you to escalate your giving plans for 2018 by making a second gift by June 30, 2018. This allows you to take advantage of tax deductions over two years and helps us reach our financial goal so we can complete the entire project in time for the 2019 football season.

View the master plan drawings here.

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Annual Giving—Unrestricted operating funds for Football where the needs are greatest.

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Leadership Program—Your gift will help with the $100,000 needed to update the weight and locker room.

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Major Gift Opportunities

Contact Darcy Way, Advancement Officer, Michigan Tech Athletics, at 715-577-0642 or dgway@mtu.edu, to learn how you can make transformational gifts to the Football Program.

Current Major Gift Needs

Head Coach Endowment Fund—A gift of $1 million establishes an endowment to supplement and/or cover the coach’s salary, to provide stability for the coaching position, and to enable the University to recruit and retain the very best coach.

Program Endowment for Equipment—Your gift of $500,000 creates a sustainable funding source of annual income that may be used to purchase new equipment and/or replace equipment that has exceeded its useful life. This annual income also could be saved over a few years to fund a major equipment investment.