Theme 7: Athletics
Strengthen the interconnectivity between intercollegiate athletics and the campus community, prepare our student-athletes for success in school, in sport and after graduation, and benefit our university, community and state.
Activities and Accomplishments
- Our student-athletes continue to lead on and off the field, continuing to rank among the top schools in the Big 12 in Academic Progress Rating, or APR, scores and graduation success rates.
- On the field successes included Big 12 Championships in football in 2012, men's basketball in 2013 and 2019, baseball in 2013, and women's track and field in 2017 and 2018.
- Over the last decade, K-State has averaged five student-athlete Big 12 individual champions, 20 All-America selections, 34 All-Big 12 selections, three Academic All-Americans, and 205 Academic All-Big 12 selections per year.
- Academic-athletic partnerships and collaborations were strengthened to benefit students through programs such as Powercat Mentor, the Powercat Positioning Athletes for Lifelong Success, or P.A.L.s, Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows, KSUnite and Wildcat Dialogues.
- The K-State Athletics Diversity and Inclusion program continues to grow with implementation of annual action items and goals.
- The Ike and Letty Evans Student-Athlete Success program was launched to provide enhanced staffing, technological advances and programming for all student-athletes and academic services staff.
- The university is home to outstanding athletic facilities, enhanced by the completion of more than $280M in overall facility renovations and new construction since 2012. Projects included Tointon Family Stadium for baseball, Ice Family Basketball Center, Intercollegiate Rowing Center, Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, Buser Family Park for soccer, Shamrock Zone, Vanier Family Football Complex, and West Stadium Center.
- Total giving to K-State Athletics during the past decade reached nearly $349M. The Ahearn Fund, K-State's national fund for student athletic excellence, reached record membership.
- The elimination of direct and indirect university funding for supporting K-State Athletics enabled the university to redirect that funding to critical university needs. Today, K-State Athletics is one of only eight programs nationwide operating without state, tuition or student fee funding.
- K-State HD.TV, an online high-definition network, was launched to provide worldwide access to athletic and academic content.
- The Pride of Wildcat Land, the Kansas State University Marching Band, received the prestigious 2015 Sudler Trophy, given every two years to recognize the top marching band in the U.S.