Be With Us, Even When You Can’t
I want to thank you for your patience and understanding over the last several months as we navigate the complexities of sponsoring intercollegiate athletics during the pandemic. Your support and passion for Husky Football motivate and inspire me and our staff as we continue to tackle the challenges ahead with optimism, enthusiasm and creativity.
After months of trying to balance the safety of our student-athletes with our team’s desire to play football, the Pac-12 CEO’s, upon guidance from Pac-12 Medical Advisory Committee, has made the heartbreaking decision to not play football this fall, and will evaluate the feasibility of a spring schedule over the coming months. We are beyond disappointed that the “Greatest Setting in College Football” will sit empty this fall, waiting for the return of our student-athletes, new Head Coach Jimmy Lake, and all of you—our loyal and loud fans and supporters.
Husky Athletics is facing the greatest financial challenge we have seen in our lifetime, and are going to need our incredible fan base to come alongside us and stay All In to help continue to carry on the positive momentum we have built together on Montlake. The impact of COVID-19 on our budget remains unclear but we could face losses up to $70 million. As we shared back in June, our department has implemented several cost-saving measures, including salary reductions, department-wide furloughs and significant operating cuts. We will continue to implement cost-saving measures in an effort to mitigate financial deficits, however, we won’t be able to close the gap without you.
With all of this uncertainty, it’s easy to lose sight that regardless of competition, we still have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of over 650 student-athletes. Our academic, medical, student development and mental health services are absolutely essential to the well-being and holistic development of our students. Now more than ever, our students need the support of our Husky family.
We are asking all Season Ticket Holders and Huskies everywhere to join us by participating in the Huskies All In Campaign. Transitioning your seat-related gift and/or season ticket payment to a tax-deductible Huskies All In donation will go directly to providing over $16 million in scholarships for 650 student-athletes and will support the continued sponsorship of all 22 of our teams. Our broad-based success as an athletic department has been a long-standing point of pride for this community and it will take your support for us to maintain all of our beloved programs.
We understand these are troubling times, and ask that you consider any level of support to stay All In with Husky Athletics. Any and all gifts will make a difference!
Our community is unlike any other. I’ve grown up here. I’ve raised my family here, like so many of you. I have watched this community come together time and time again during adverse times. The Dawgs have brought us so many incredible moments and memories that span many generations. And now, we need to work and battle together to ensure those traditions live on in future years and for generations to come. The road ahead is daunting, but together, we can prevail. Mighty are the ones that wear the Purple and the Gold!
Director of Athletics