More than 200 student-athletes benefit directly from your generous investment. Your gift will be directly applied toward the athlete’s tuition, room and board expenses, academic fees and textbooks. Your membership provides Islander athletics the resources to complete our mission of recruiting, educating, developing and graduating student-athletes within an environment that pursues excellence, values integrity and ethical conduct, promotes respect for all individuals, teaches sportsmanship, entertains our fans and emphasizes championship performance.
The Intercollegiate Athletic Department’s annual giving program, formerly known as the Tarpon Foundation, is now the Islander Athletic Fund. Financial support from alumni, corporate partners and local fans is vital to the success of our program. Our $10,000 giving level has been renamed “Tarpon Club” in an effort to recognize the history of collegiate athletics on Ward Island.
OUR COMMITMENT TO ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
While the Islander athletic program has developed a reputation for athletic excellence on the field, the athletes’ performance in the classroom has been just as bright.
• Nearly half of our Islander student-athletes carry a 3.0 or better grade point average and every semester close to 20 percent achieve a 4.0.
• Graduation rates of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student-athletes meet or exceed the graduation rates of many other NCAA Division I universities.
Student-athletes at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi take pride in their community involvement. Volunteering is an important part of the athlete’s growth and education. Islander athletes can be seen throughout the community at events such as:
• YWCA’s Reading Rally
• Food Bank Share Your Christmas
• Elementary Reading National Literacy Month
• Alternate Halloween First Baptist Church
• Driscoll Children’s Hospital Volunteer Work
• Dancing Through Downtown (American Diabetes Association)
• Conquer The Coast
• Corpus Christi Triathlon
The intercollegiate athletic program has several partnerships in the community that would not be possible without NCAA Division I athletics program at A&M-Corpus Christi. The National Youth Sports Programs (NYSP) is a partnership with Port Industries which provides a six-week summer program for youth from underprivileged school districts. The Athletic Department, with the assistance of the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, sponsors summer basketball clinics at both the Boys and Girls Club and Ben Garza Gym.
Additionally, most of the athletic programs conduct summer
camps, which is an excellent opportunity for the youth of South
Texas to receive instruction from college coaches as well as from
Contributing to the Islander Athletic Fund provides donors with a number of benefits, including the opportunity to purchase priority Men’s and Women’s Basketball season tickets.
PRIORITY PARKING & PRE-GAME HOSPITALITY
Contributing to the Islander Athletic Fund provides donors with a number of benefits. In addition to preferred seating for Men’s and Women’s Basketball season tickets, a contribution at the Silver Club Level ($1,000) earns you priority parking and passes to the pre-game hospitality event.
Islander Athletic Fund donors receive the best possible parking spaces at the American Bank Center. In addition to the great parking spot, donors also enjoy sharing stories in our pre-game hospitality suite. The hospitality suite is a great place to entertain customers, clients, or family members. Grab a quick bite to eat and a drink with the Islander faithful before tip-off.
Tarpon Foundation Membership Lists