Q. Why should I support the Building Champions initiative?

A. Kent State has long stood as the model of comprehensive success in the Mid-American Conference. The Building Champions initiative will allow us to maintain and build upon that status. Your support will greatly impact the welfare of our hard-working student-athletes in the classroom, in competition and in life.

Q. What led the selection of these specific initiatives?

A. The lead-up to this announcement was nearly two years of intensive study, design work and asking hundreds (actually probably thousands) of questions to get where we are today. These initiatives – which touch all 18 of our varsity sports – are crucial to our programs continuing to stay atop the Mid-American Conference while being increasingly competitive regionally and nationally.

Q. What is the timetable for the completion of each initiative?

A. We were thrilled to break ground on the Field House Locker Rooms May 3, 2013 – kicking off the first building phase. Other initiatives will go from the drawing board to reality as funding becomes available.

Q. How can I make a gift to support the Building Champions initiative?

A. There are a number of ways, including cash, pledges, appreciated assets and estate planning.

Q. Why is scholarship support so important?

A. Supporting scholarships directly addresses our academic mission to educate and prepare well-rounded student-athletes. It also allows budgeted scholarship dollars to be reallocated, thus providing for improved maintenance of a comprehensive program.

Q. Why is capital support crucial to Kent State’s continued success?

A. By providing the best facility resources in the Mid-American Conference, we will further our coaches’ ability to recruit the very best student-athletes, allow teams to train and prepare better and give our supporters a better environment to cheer on the Golden Flashes. Capital gifts also give donors the chance to be associated with their favorite program through our many naming opportunities.

Q. Are my gifts to the Building Champions initiative tax deductible?

A. All contributions to the fund are considered gifts to Kent State University. Most gifts are fully tax-deductible minus the value of any benefits received as a result of the gift. Please consult your tax advisor.

Q. Does my support of Building Champions make me eligible for men’s basketball seating in the MAC Center and football loge access at Dix Stadium?

A. Yes, on an annual basis.

Q. Can I direct my support to both scholarships and capital projects?

A. Yes, a philanthropic plan can be developed to meet a donor’s specific wishes and needs.

Q. Will I be able to choose specifically where my donation goes?

A. Through naming opportunities, annual scholarship giving and named and team endowments, there are several options to ensure your donation goes exactly where you intended it to.