Once again, I consider myself fortunate to have this opportunity to thank you for all that you do to support OU and our athletics program. Your involvement with the Sooner Club provides critical support to student-athletes from each of our 21 sports and greatly enhances our ability to achieve excellence in all areas. Our student-athletes, coaches and staff realize we have a great responsibility to build upon the outstanding tradition at OU. Your partnership through your Sooner Club membership helps make our efforts possible.
I hope that you are able to understand and appreciate the impact you are making on the lives of our student-athletes with your donation. Your support helps provide the vital academic and athletic resources our student-athletes need to achieve their goals while performing at the highest level. We must give our student-athletes every opportunity to be successful as we continue to compete against the best in the country.
The OU athletics department is one of just a small number of programs that is entirely self-sufficient financially. That fact makes private support from Sooner Club members an absolute necessity to keep Oklahoma a leader among the elite intercollegiate athletics programs. Our Sooner Club members are key to providing the best possible experience and environment for our student-athletes during their time on campus and as they prepare for a meaningful life after they leave OU.
As we all live with the economic challenges that surround us, your continued loyal support has become more important than ever before. Your support allows us to continue to operate on a daily basis at the highest level possible. Your choice to participate in the Sooner Club sends a message that you believe in what we are doing and are willing to support our activities with a most precious resource.
Every decision, every action in our department is made within the context of our mission statement, “Inspiring Champions Today and Preparing Leaders for Tomorrow.” We are all committed to making this mission a living reality as we work to create opportunities to celebrate success in the classroom and in competition and to represent the University of Oklahoma with integrity. We remain focused on our core values and we believe that gives our program a greater opportunity for success.
The history and tradition at OU is one of excellence and we will continue to build upon that foundation. Our respect for the history and tradition we represent is as important as the accomplishments we add to the legacy.
As a Sooner Club member, you are part of the OU athletics family and share the same lofty expectations for our program. Your commitment, along with the commitment of our coaches, staff and student-athletes, will allow OU to pursue victories, in the classroom and in competition, in a first-class manner. It requires a collective effort by all involved to maintain the competitive spirit we expect of Oklahoma’s athletics teams.
Once again, I want to let you know how grateful I am for your time and resources in support of Oklahoma Athletics. The importance of your role in our program is significant and we truly could not do all we do without you. We anticipate many wonderful moments ahead for our program because of our partnership and we hope you will continue to share those with us.
Joseph R. Castiglione
Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics