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Making an Impact: Lettermen's Goal Line

June 03, 2014
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LETTERMEN'S GOAL LINE

Former athletes look to raise $3.2 million for new,
state-of-the-art home inside the redeveloped Kyle Field

by Brian Davis '01
12th Man Magazine

When the Board of Regents approved the $450-million redevelopment plans for Kyle Field on May 1, 2013, it served notice to the rest of the college football world that Texas A&M was finished playing catch-up in the facility arms race. The Aggies were going to position themselves to lead, not follow.

Indeed, one year later, A&M is in the middle of the most extensive stadium redevelopment in history. And in the shadows of a congregation of cranes erecting Kyle Field’s new south end zone, the Bright Complex—A&M’s football headquarters—is undergoing substantial renovations of its own. Combined with updates to the McFerrin Athletic Center and the recently constructed Lohman Center and Davis Player Development Center, as well as additional refurbishments planned for the Bright Complex in the 2015 offseason, A&M’s football facilities will be second to none.

On the opposite end of the stadium, A&M will again set the benchmark for athletic facilities. As a part of the 12th Man Foundation’s “Next Step” campaign, the new home for the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association will be constructed in the northeast corner of redeveloped Kyle Field. Upon completion prior to the start of the 2015 football season, the first-class facility will provide an unrivaled destination for all Aggie lettermen.

“Texas A&M is proud to have one of the strongest lettermen’s associations in the nation,” assistant athletic director Cathy Capps said. “As our membership grows, so has attendance at our events and programs. The Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association football reunion attracts over 400 former players, plus guests, back to Aggieland every spring. This new Lettermen’s Club is a welcomed and much-needed addition to meet our growing demand for space.”

The facility became a necessity after the association was displaced by the demolition of G. Rollie White Coliseum last summer. Pieces of the lettermen’s former home are currently being used as construction aggregate on Kyle Field along with other parts of the storied Holler House. The Lettermen’s Club in redeveloped Kyle Field will triple the size of the old facility.

“The new Lettermen’s Club, at over 12,000 square feet, will offer former student-athletes of all sports all the comforts of a first-rate club,” Capps said. “Our organization will once again have the ability to host reunions, game-day functions, association meetings and special events in our own facility.”

In addition to an executive boardroom and office space, the two-story facility will provide a unique, upscale environment with a private bar and lounge for lettermen to gather with their teammates and friends. Lettermen will have exclusive access to a one-of-a-kind entrance and exit from the Lettermen’s Club to the concourse of Kyle Field directly to the lettermen’s seating area.

“The goal of our Board of Directors was to create a first-class lettermen’s facility for all Texas A&M lettermen to enjoy,” Lettermen’s Association president Randy Wylie said. “With this in mind, our facility building committee traveled to many of the top lettermen’s facilities in the country to assure our new Lettermen’s Club will be the best of the best.”

The Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association is unique in that its membership includes strong participation from former athletes representing all sports. And all sports will be represented in the new Lettermen’s Club with state-of-the-art interactive displays that document the history of Aggie athletics.

“Every varsity sport at Texas A&M University will have a dedicated kiosk allowing visitors to relive celebrated team moments and great accomplishments by student- athletes,” Capps said. “Honoring and preserving the rich athletic history at A&M is very important, and the new Lettermen’s Club provides the perfect backdrop for this experience.”

This first-class facility will not only honor those who have represented the university on the playing field in the past, but it will help recruit prospective student-athletes by showcasing the recognition that A&M provides for its lettermen.

“As a former athlete at Texas A&M, we are part of an elite fraternity of former students who had the incredible opportunity to represent the university on the field of play,” Wylie said. “Regardless of your sport or the era in which you played, our impact on Aggieland is appreciated and is relevant to the continued success of our highly competitive athletic program.

“Our game-day tailgates have always been the highlight of the game-day experience for our athletes and their guests,” Wylie added. “The Lettermen’s Club will create an atmosphere unlike anything our group has experienced. Ticket demand is at an all-time high, and our members will be purchasing a large number of season tickets to support Aggie football.”

With a little over $1 million of the $3.2-million goal raised by the 12th Man Foundation for the project so far, lettermen are being called on in the true Aggie spirit to ensure that Texas A&M’s facilities are the best of the best.

“The perception in athletics is that lettermen don’t give back after they have left school,” 12th Man Foundation Vice President of Major Gifts Brady Bullard said.  “Well, Aggie lettermen are different. We fully anticipate that our lettermen will fund this project with the same passion and competiveness they displayed while competing at Texas A&M.”

There are many giving opportunities and a variety of naming opportunities still available throughout the one-of-a-kind facility. For additional information on supporting the Lettermen’s Club or the Next Step campaign, contact Brady Bullard at 979-260-7585 or brady@12thmanfoundation.com, or visit  12thmannextstepcampaign.com.

“We are very appreciative of the support for our association by the 12th Man Foundation and the Texas A&M athletics department,” Capps said. “As the redevelopment of Kyle Field elevates Aggie athletics to the next level, so does the new Lettermen’s Club for our organization. Every inch of new Kyle will be state-of-the-art, and the Lettermen’s Club is no exception.”

Follow the 12th Man Foundation on Twitter @12thManFndtn and Brian Davis @BJD_01




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