Why do we need your support? Our athletic program is growing, which means more people are benefiting from the community spirit and well-rounded education that athletic programs bring as they expand. As we continue to raise the bar to enhance the quality of our program and meet higher standards than ever before, increased financial support is necessary.
UALR student-athletes have made an impact as a whole on the Central Arkansas community. Arkansas Children's Hospital, the Little Rock School District, Habitat for Humanity, Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department, First Tee of Arkansas and the Miracle League are among the many organizations where Trojan student-athletes volunteer on a regular basis.
The men's basketball team's "Trojans for Education" program has been extremely successful, with UALR players visiting more than 60 area schools to stress the importance of education and making good decisions.
In the fall of 2005, the UALR Department of Athletics unveiled the state-of-the-art Jack Stephens Center, forever changing the face of Trojan athletics. The $25 million dollar on-campus venue serves as the home to the UALR basketball and volleyball teams, while housing athletic training, academic support, and weight room facilities which are second to none.
The addition to the UALR campus is not only a first-class venue to host university functions, but a showplace for events in Central Arkansas.
This past season, the UALR baseball program installed a new state-of-the-art playing surface across the infield at Gary Hogan Field by replacing the AstroTurf 1200 with new polyurethane turf.
The new Recreation and Sports Complex will make its debut this fall, and serve as the on-campus home for all UALR soccer and track and field events.
First-class facilities are only part of what is needed to keep UALR competitive in the highly competitive, ever-changing landscape of Division-I athletics.
Your contribution does more than just make our students better athletes; it makes them better students. These donations are necessary for all UALR athletic programs so they can provide the complete scholarship help our athletes need.
During the 2011-12 academic year, 58 percent of UALR student-athletes achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better, helping the group post a 3.11 combined GPA.
UALR has maintained an impressive 93 percent graduation rate for all student-athletes who remained at the university and exhausted their eligibility (measured over a 10-year period).
To make our students' collegiate experience well-rounded, their educational background must be top-notch. The addition of the Jack Stephens Center allows UALR to offer increased academic support so that our athletes develop intellectually as well as physically. As our program grows, with your help, so will our ability to give back to our community.
Other needs addressed by your donation include rising medical costs, summer school and fifth-year aid, improved campus facilities and increased recruiting resources necessary to maintain a level of competitive excellence.
We need your help. It is through the generosity of the members of the Trojan Athletic Foundation that the UALR Trojans are able to flourish and meet the needs of a growing Division-I athletic program.
Donating is easy. Simply choose your level of commitment, fill out the enclosed card and return it to us at:
UALR Trojan Athletic Foundation
2801 South University Ave.
Jack Stephens Center
Little Rock, AR 72204
Or donate online by visiting the Trojan Athletic Foundation page at www.UALRTrojans.com. For more information, please contact Andrea Angel in the UALR Department of Athletics at (501) 569-3393.