The council is comprised of a select group of fans, boosters, and alumni whose purpose "is to support the student-athletes and teams who represent Cal State Fullerton through fundraising activities in an active volunteer and committee structure."
Here are a few highlights from the meeting:
- As many of you know, CSF's total athletic budget is among the lowest in the Big West. State budget cuts have further weakened our bottom line. Athletics fundraising in 2004-2005 will need to be increased in order to keep from operating a loss, and to move our programs forward.
- Contrary to many perceptions, winning the College World Series is not a money-making proposition. CSF's costs totaled around $100,000 for the regional, super-regional, and CWS. The university stepped up this year and absorbed a great deal of those costs.
- 2003-2004 athletic fundraising dramatically increased to $296,000. The goal was $300,000. 2002-2003 athletic fundraising was only $165,000.
- The 2004-005 athletic fundraising goal is $375,000.
- The 2004 NCAA Champion Baseball Team will likely travel to Washington D.C. to meet with President Bush in November.
- Minor league baseball appears to be coming to Fullerton. Although not completely set in stone, a preliminary agreement has been reached to host a Golden League independent team at Goodwin Field. The agreement would include a new grass surface for our field. Additional grounds-keeping equipment has already been purchased to ensure that the defending NCAA Baseball Champions continue to have a first-rate facility to play in.
- Marketing methods are being explored to target increased attendance in all sports by students, former players, alumni, and members of the community.
- Booster groups will continue to be an important part of the support process.
- A Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony is tentatively planned for the end of 2005.
- 2004-2005 athletic fundraising efforts will kick off in August and September.