Pacific Tigers close in on $30M fundraising goal

Tigers reach 75% of fundraising goal to support student-athletes.

Bustling tennis courts, a new performance center and a giant poolside scoreboard are just a few indications of the substantial advancements underway in University of the Pacific’s Athletics Department, thanks in large part to the philanthropy of Tiger donors.

To date, Pacific Athletics has raised over $22 million towards its $30 million fundraising goal as part of Leading with Purpose, a historic university-wide philanthropic campaign to support Pacific students with an emphasis on athletic achievement. The campaign will run through 2022 and, in true Tiger fashion, Pacific’s Athletics Department has already realized 75 percent of the goal.

“This campaign represents a commitment from Pacific Athletics. Our student-athletes are our number one priority so we want to provide them with every opportunity to be champions in competition, in the classroom and in the community,” said Janet Lucas, director of athletics. Since the campaign launched in 2013, the Tigers have made significant facility upgrades that include:

  • Construction of the 12-court Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center and Jean Rule Sanders Clubhouse
  • Construction of the Janssen-Lagorio Performance Center, a conditioning space that houses state-of-the-art training equipment and innovative performance training technology
  • A new 30-foot-wide Daktronics scoreboard in the Aquatics Center, with additional upgrades to poolside and bleacher seating and a new entryway expected to be completed in November
  • Branding initiatives, ambiance and accessibility upgrades, a new lighting system and video and ribbon boards in the iconic Alex G. Spanos Center
  • Completion of the Glen Albaugh Short Game area and groundbreaking for the Walter Chang Golf and Learning Center at The Reserve at Spanos Park, due to be completed in December

At Pacific, achievement in academics and athletics go hand in hand, and focusing on the scholar-athlete has always been a priority. Donations have been designated for scholarships and allocated towards new technology as well as mentoring and tutorial services for student-athletes. These efforts have clearly made an impact. Last fall, 41 student-athletes earned a 4.0 GPA, the largest number in the last three academic years.

The community is reaping the rewards as well. This December, Pacific and Visit Stockton will host the NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championship for the first time, followed by the Women’s Water Polo National Championship in May 2020. This marks the first time an NCAA water polo championship has come to Stockton.

“We are proud to offer our student-athletes an invaluable opportunity to be their best and to develop personal traits such as self-discipline and leadership skills — characteristics they will carry with them throughout their professional lives. Moreover, Pacific Athletics serves as a powerful vehicle for community engagement and generates excitement throughout our local, regional, and national networks,” said Lucas. “We’ve made incredible headway in this campaign, and thanks to an outpouring of support from loyal fans and supporters, I am confident we will reach, if not surpass, our goal.”