The University of Houston will be officially joining the BIG 12 CONFERENCE in summer 2023.
Becoming a Power 5 member will be transformational to the University and UH Athletics. It means participating in an elite circle of world-class universities driven to excel academically, athletically and in making life-changing impacts on the communities they serve.
Now, the focus shifts to preparation to not just compete, but win, in the conference. We have waited nearly 30 years for this moment.
To meet this expectation, UH has launched the Houston Rise Campaign, a $150 million fundraising drive for Houston Athletics to accelerate our competitive success and galvanize the Cougar community.
One priority of the campaign is participation. We need a growing share of our alumni and fan base to provide essential scholarship and operating revenue for Houston Athletics and our community of student-athletes. That can be done by making a Houston Rise scholarship gift or by purchasing season tickets for men’s football or basketball.
A second priority of the campaign focuses on infrastructure. We need all who see the University as a major asset of our great city to come forward and support the following areas:
Football Development Center
Modernization of Guy V. Lewis Development Facility
Generous donations will instantly enhance competitiveness for Cougar sports programs, fulfilling essential facility needs and providing resources vital to graduating leaders and winning championships. Your support will position Cougar student-athletes as lifelong leaders of character.
Athletics-Alumni Center Renovation
Moore Exemplifies Leadership with Houston Rise Commitment
Family pledges $1 million to support Football Operations Center
Houston — The University of Houston Athletics Department announced a $1 million pledge from Houston’s Board of Regents Vice Chair Jack Moore and his wife, Debbie. The Moore family gift will support the construction of the Football Operations Center, the centerpiece of the Houston Rise campaign.
Regent Moore’s commitment commemorates decades of leadership, with this latest contribution an important expression of faith in the future of Houston Athletics.
“Houston Athletics is the front-door to the University of Houston,” said Moore. “The rise of Cougar Athletics has correlated with the rise of the University to where it is today. The move to the Big 12 Conference confirms how far we have come. However, there is work to do and that is our motivation to invest in Houston Rise. Our foundation is strong, but now we turn our attention to the Power 5 and a new, championship era for Houston Athletics.”
UH Athletics Receives $10 Million Pledge for New Football Development Center
Houston Rise fundraising campaign off to strong start
Houston – The University of Houston Athletics Department has received an anonymous $10 million pledge to support its planned state-of-the-art Football Development Center (FDC). The gift is part of Houston Rise, the newly launched $150 million fundraising campaign centered on competitive excellence in the Big 12 Conference.
Considered the cornerstone of a new, championship era in the Big 12 for Houston Football, the FDC will represent a transformational resource to instantly impact recruiting, student-athlete development and competitiveness. With UH set to officially join the Big 12 in July, 2023, the gift provides an immediate momentum boost at a critical time in the program’s history.
“An eight-figure gift is rare. To have someone who believes in us, our mission, and the direction we’re going while entrusting us with a significant gift is humbling,” said Chris Pezman, vice president for athletics.
Houston Rising: Campaign to Compete and Win in the Big 12 Conference off to Quick Start
Achievement reflects drive for championship success
Houston – Bolstered by the momentum behind the Houston Rise campaign, Houston Athletics is building towards one of the strongest fundraising years on record for the department. Generous donors have responded to the campaign’s important call, with recent contributions fueling confidence and excitement.
Several transformational Houston Rise pledges represent highlights, including a $10 million anonymous gift announced in June and a more recent, $5 million pledge from longtime supporters, Rusty and Tricia Penick.
Other points of note include a new, first-of-its-kind partnership with Shipley Do-Nuts, and multiple six-figure, leadership pledges from a growing number of rising alumni.
Shipley Do-Nuts Named Official Coffee, Do-Nut and Cold Brew of the Houston Cougars
Strategic partnership will advance the Houston Rise Campaign as Shipley rolls out new coffee offerings
Houston – The University of Houston Athletics Department and Shipley Do-Nuts have launched a strategic, multi-year partnership that establishes Shipley as the official coffee, do-nut and cold brew of the Houston Cougars. The largest partnership of its kind in Shipley’s history, the multi-year collaboration will concentrate on elevating Shipley’s new coffee and cold brew line as the option of choice for consumers.
The partnership also advances the Houston Rise campaign, with 50% of Shipley’s investment dedicated to the construction of the Football Operations Center.
“This new partnership with Houston Athletics is a central piece of our growth strategy as we launch into our next 85 years,” Shipley CEO Clifton Rutledge said.