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Binghamton Bearcats Athletic Association
Founded in 1991 as the Binghamton University Athletic Club and modified in 2013, the Binghamton Bearcats Athletic Association (BBAA) is supported by alumni, parents, friends community members, teams, coaches and students who have a deep interest in Binghamton University and the Athletics program. Binghamton University has long been proud of its student-athletes and their many accomplishments – whether they were competing as Colonials or as Bearcats. Gifts to the Binghamton Bearcats Athletic Association immediately impact the program and support the most pressing needs of our student-athletes.
The spirit and pride in evidence on the Binghamton campus today has built on the legacy of enthusiasm, loyalty and support for our intercollegiate athletics program through the years. Support of the Binghamton Bearcats Athletic Association allows us to provide scholarships to the best and brightest student-athletes, state-of-the-art training equipment, facility and equipment enhancements and funding for the Student-Athlete Success Center that supports our student-athletes’ academic pursuits.
Bearcats Athletics has two primary areas of need:
◾Operating Budget Support – The BBAA provides funding that allows the department to address the current needs of our student-athletes and coaches. Gifts made to the BBAA help provide facility improvements and upgrades, improved travel conditions that can provide competitive advantage for our teams, state-of-the-art training equipment, study aides and laptop computers for the Student-Athlete Success Center and additional funds for tutors and graduate assistantships to provide added academic support for our student-athletes.
Team Support – Individual team support gifts can be made to any of our 21 Division I varsity teams. Your gift to an individual team provides operating budget support for that specific program and helps our coaches address their most pressing needs including travel, equipment, recruiting and training tools.
◾General Athletics Scholarship Support – The Bearcats General Scholarship Fund provides resources to each of our 21 varsity teams and helps provide additional funding to help our coaches attract the best and brightest student-athletes to Binghamton University. Binghamton University Athletics is currently unable to offer the full scholarship funding allowed under NCAA rules because of a need for resources. In order to compete with our peer institutions, and attract the best student-athletes, our coaches need to be able to provide the same scholarship opportunities that other institutions offer during the recruitment process.
Team General Scholarship Support – Gifts can be made to support a specific sport’s general scholarship fund. Making a gift to a team-specific scholarship fund makes an immediate impact by providing the coach with resources that can be used during the recruiting process to attract prospective student-athletes with more substantial scholarship offers.
Bette Ann Gaube
Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Giving