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Record Crowd Ushers In A New Year At Annual Kickoff Luncheon

October 24th, 2013 Posted in Annual Giving, Education

Aug 22, 2013

The 2013 Texas Tech fall sports season is officially underway thanks to one of the most successful and well-orchestrated Red Raider Club Kickoff Luncheons in school history.

Today’s record crowd helped not only kick off the Kliff Kingsbury era at Texas Tech but also provided a jump-start to all fall sports including soccer, volleyball and cross country.

“Today, Red Raider Club members and fans really brought the energy and excitement to the RRC Luncheon,” Amy Heard, Associate AD/Red Raider Club stated. “Attendance at events like these and home sporting events, like Sunday’s soccer home opener, really make a difference for our student-athletes. It was a great celebration of the student-athletes that represent our institution in cross country, volleyball, soccer and football. ”

Fans in attendance were treated to yet another rousing speech from head soccer coach Tom Stone who brought the house down with this comment on Kingsbury.

“We see young; we see handsome; we see exciting; we see nouveau, and I heard these people saying, ‘He is going to save Texas Tech Football.’ And I’m thinking, `Are you kidding? You know where he worked last year? We saved him!’”

Following speeches from Jon Murray (Cross Country), Don Flora (Volleyball), Kent Hance (Chancellor), Dr. Duane Nellis (President) and Kirby Hocutt (Athletics Director), it was football’s time to take the stage.

“It’s been an incredible eight months,” Kingsbury began. “The reception we have received from this town has been overwhelming. The support has come in from everywhere and I can’t tell you how proud we are as a staff to be back at Texas Tech.”

After introducing the 2013 senior class, Kingsbury handed the microphone over to defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedtand co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie. Wallerstedt got the crowd on its feet after laying down a $100 bill with a promise of a sack in the first two minutes of the SMU game. Fans can make financial pledges on sacks by the Tech defense this season with all proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House of Lubbock. Click for more information.

Today’s luncheon follows a milestone announcement last week in which the Red Raider Club announced a new record for annual giving. For the first time in history, the RRC eclipsed the $5 million mark in annual giving and will provide more than $5.3 million that will go directly to the student-athlete experience. The distribution is $700,000 more than last year’s mark of $4.6 million and represents the single-largest growth between fiscal years in history.

Additionally, this will mark the first time that annual giving funds have completely covered the student-athlete scholarship costs for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

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