Giving to Athletics

Rice student-athletes continue to excel on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community. With a cumulative GPA of 3.186, more than 3,500 community service hours served to over 50 organizations, and numerous accolades on the fields of competition, Rice University student-athletes are in a class of their own. These successes are not possible without the assistance of the Owl Club.

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The Owl Club's mission is to directly support the overall goals of the Rice University Athletic Department by generating the funds for scholarships for our student-athletes in 16 varsity sports. It strives to embrace and engage the most dedicated Owl fans within the Rice University community to further promote the passion and camaraderie that makes the University so unique. Rice Athletics is stronger than ever before, but in order to continue the success that has become tradition at Rice, we must provide the necessary resources to our 16 programs by increasing our annual donor base, building our endowment, and enriching the environment and experience for our student-athletes.

Although we continue to raise money to endow scholarships that will sustain our future, annual support in increasingly important to ensure the immediate success of Rice Athletics. The cost of scholarships for our student-athletes comprises almost a third of the entire athletics budget, totaling more than $9 million annually. Your annual gift helps offset these costs. It is the most vital resource for our student-athletes and the best way to help all Rice Owl student-athletes pursue their academic and athletic ambitions.

We can continue and raise our standard of excellence as we build great Rice Owl teams for the future, but we need you on this team. Help us strengthen the core of one of the premier academic and athletic institutions in the country. Your generosity to the Owl Club will afford outstanding student-athletes the opportunity to pursue a Rice education while competing at the highest level. Rice strives for excellence. The Owl Club is critical in helping us to reach our goals.

Contributions made to the Owl Club entitle members to certain seating, parking, and hospitality benefits. Those benefits will be received in the same year that the gift is made and are only received through gifts made to the Owl Club.

To join the Owl Club and immediately impact the lives of Rice student-athletes, select the "Donate Online" button. Your membership begins immediately. Owl Club membership is based on a calendar year irrespective of when a gift is given. We accept checks payable to Rice University Owl Club and all major credit cards.

More than 1,000 corporations match donations for scholarships made by employees, their families and retirees to institutions of higher education. If your company participates in such a program, your gift to Rice Athletics could be doubled. The matching gift also applies to your annual giving level. To see if your employer matches gifts, please go to http://giving.rice.edu/match/. If you have any questions about joining the Rice University Owl Club, please contact Marc Laney at 713-348-5086/marc.p.laney@rice.edu, Ashley McKenney at 713-348-6922/ashley.mckenney@rice.edu or at the address below:

Owl Club
Rice University Department of Athletics - MS 548
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

We thank you for your support of Rice Athletics. Our 350 student-athletes applaud you for investing in their future.