There is renewed hope in the Land of Sparta!
It all began with the Athletic Director search committee led by SJSU alumni in Bill Walsh, and then with Walsh making an important and historical move on December 20th, 2004, in his hiring of former San Francisco 49ers executive, Tom Bowen, as San Jose State University's athletic director.
The hiring of Tom Bowen as the Athletic Director and the hiring of Dick Tomey as the new football head coach started the ignition of the exciting times we are all experiencing today, and that are benefiting all sports at SJSU!
There is great hope that the Spartans will return to the glory of the 1970's, 80's, and early 90's.
But we need to give the new leadership the resources they need to be successful. This isn't a request for money, (although we'd love that too) but for your precious time.
The Spartan Foundation raises money every year to fund scholarships for San Jose State student-athletes. There isn't a better cause. But you may not know that every dollar we raise is one less dollar the Athletic Department has to take out of their budget to put towards scholarships.
While no state funds go towards scholarships, athletic department income from ticket sales, sponsorships, advertising and other sources does. This means those dollars can instead go towards coaching salaries, facilities, recruiting, marketing and much more.
We here at Spartan Thunder.com strongly support the Spartan Foundation, and we firmly believe we can greatly increase its visibility, make its mantra more compelling over time, and ultimately generate more money to educate student-athletes and improve athletics at SJSU by posting their "call to arms" on this site.
To make this plan happen the foundation needs volunteers. They need your time. People to man tables at SJSU sporting events. Spread the word to community organizations. Support the annual fundraising drive. And much more.
If you want to help improve SJSU Athletics, if you want to take personal pride as the program rises again, if you want to make a real difference, then please volunteer.
You can send an email to:
SpartanThunder@hotmail.com and we'll give you more information.
Be a part of these exciting times!
GO STATE THUNDER!
And now a message from the new Spartan Foundation president, Bill Bischoff!
To All Spartans:
I am honored and excited to serve as the President of the Spartan Foundation for 2006 and 2007.
I will do everything in my power to move the Spartan Foundation toward its ultimate goal of fully funding all San Jose State University athletic scholarship opportunities.
The atmosphere for scholarship fund raising has been greatly improved by the changes made at the San Jose State University Department of Athletics.
Since becoming the Director of Athletics, Tom Bowen has instituted tremendous improvements in the structure and attitudes of the Department. He has created a level of enthusiasm that has not been seen before. Everyone who comes in contact with SJSU Athletics realizes Tom is building one of the best athletic programs in the country.
It's a program that provides an environment for students athletes to succeed and excel. It's truly a "New Day in San Jose". That's why I'm so excited about raising scholarship funds for SJSU.
Now it's time for us to do our part.
For this years fund drive, which begins in March, the Spartan Foundation has set its scholarship fund raising goal at $1,000,000. This is a 25 percent increase over last year's cash contributions.
It will take a lot of work and dedication by our drive workers, but I'm sure we can reach that goal. But we need everyone's help.
As President, I ask you to increase your annual pledge to SJSU Athletics as much as you can. Ask your friends to help. We definitely need to expand our membership in the Spartan Foundation.
Call the Spartan Foundation office at 924-1219 if you need some help.
Together, we can build a strong Division 1A Athletic Department at San Jose State.
Bill Bischoff, President-Spartan Foundation