Rutgers Athletics’ initiative to raise $100 million has been reached.
On Wednesday, the Rutgers University Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced that the “R Big Ten Build” campaign reached its goal of raising $100 million, thanks to sizeable donations from head football coach Chris Ash and head basketball coach Steve Pikiell. Those contributions helped push the total over the milestone.
The “R Big Ten Build” campaign was a comprehensive fundraising initiative to raise over $100 million for athletic facilities. More than 4,000 Rutgers Athletics supporters donated to the cause.
“It’s only fitting that coaches Ash and Pikiell put us over the top, as it reflects our shared commitment to create an optimal student-athlete experience,” Athletic Director Pat Hobbs said, according to ScarletKnights.com. “We are exceptionally grateful for their support and for the many who invested in our future. We are just beginning to realize our potential. This past month, we crowned two national champions and once again set a record for Big Ten all-academic honorees. Our success will only grow as we continue to cultivate and build resources.”
The “R Big Ten Build” campaign started in 2016. The largest donation was a $15 million gift to construct of The Gary and Barbara Rodkin Academic Success Center, named after the donators.
ScarletKnights.com has breakdowns of some of the more significant contributions that have been made to the effort over the last three years.