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Texas State Athletics Announces $100,000 Donation by Jerry and Linda Fields

Gift will provide free ’08 football season tickets to recent grads

Texas State athletics announced Friday that it has received a $100,000 donation from Jerry and Linda Fields to go toward The Drive’s 2008 football season ticket goal.

The donation marks the largest single contribution toward season tickets in Bobcat athletics history and will help provide free 2008 football season tickets to recent Texas State alumni.

“This is a major step forward toward our goal,” said Texas State Athletics Director Larry Teis. “We are very thankful for the Fields stepping up and hope others will do the same.”

Increased attendance and season tickets sales are among the key components of The Drive to move Texas State to the FBS level of NCAA Division I athletics.

Texas State alumni who graduated during the 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years will be able to receive two complimentary 2008 Texas State football season tickets in either general admission or reserved seating courtesy of the Fields and their donation. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

With the promotion, young alumni who attend the football games will also automatically have an opportunity to win a vacation for six courtesy of the Fields. Details of the promotion will be released in the next few weeks.

“We really wanted to encourage young alumni to get involved with The Drive campaign and help take our football program to the FBS level,” said Teis. “This is a great way to thank the students who supported us during the 2005 season and who more recently voted to increase student fees for our athletics budget.”

Jerry and Linda Fields both graduated from Texas State, where Linda was a Strutter. They are also currently chairing the university-wide Pride in Action Campaign. Jerry founded JD Fields & Company, Inc., a steel company based in Houston. For more information on JD Fields & Company, visit jdfields.com.

“As chairs of the Pride in Action Campaign, we think it is important to step up early and support The Drive,” said Jerry Fields. “Athletics will play a major role in the campaign, and we wanted to make a statement early. Linda and I are proud to support Texas State University.”

University President Denise Trauth said, “Jerry and Linda Fields help Texas State University in so many different ways. We are delighted that this latest gift will help our newest alumni stay connected to their alma mater and we look forward to seeing these recent graduates in Bobcat Stadium this fall.”

Texas State opens the 2008 regular season at home against Angelo State on Saturday, August 30, at 6 p.m.

By CHRIS RILEY
Assistant Sports Information Director

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