UTSA Athletics receives largest gift from alumnus
By Rick Smith
Marketing Coordinator, UTSA Athletics
(Dec. 18, 2007)--UTSA alumnus Patrick Clynes (B.B.A., accounting, 1989) presented a $25,000 donation to the athletics department last week for the continued improvement of facilities and the availability of scholarships. The gift is the largest gift by an alumnus in the history of the department.
According to Clynes, this is the first piece of the $100,000 he promised to the athletics department a short while ago.
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"I give to UTSA because they deserve the money," Clynes said. "UTSA has great leadership in the athletics department, great coaches and a great staff. I believe the people within the UTSA athletics department work hard. They are dedicated and deserve to be on a level playing field with everyone they play."
According to Athletic Director Lynn Hickey, the department will use the funds in a manner that has an immediate impact -- meeting prioritized needs that will help UTSA coaches continue to improve their programs.
"Pat Clynes has been our most consistent supporter during my tenure here," she said. "Pat believes in UTSA and in the vision we have for our athletics program."
Clynes lives in Houston and works for BP Energy as a transportation manager. He attends several UTSA events each year, including road games, and never misses homecoming. This year's UTSA Homecoming is March 1, where he will be honored by UTSA Men's Basketball Coach Brooks Thompson as an honorary coach.
Clynes is a member of the Roadrunner Club, the booster club for UTSA Athletics. Executive Director Andrew Haring said Clynes' donation will have an immediate impact on the department.
"We are thrilled that Pat has demonstrated so much faith and enthusiasm for UTSA Athletics," said Haring. "There is a bright future for UTSA Athletics and it is especially gratifying that Pat has made a commitment to having a leadership and integral effect on this progress."
Clynes said he hopes his donation encourages other community members and alums to become involved with the UTSA athletics department.
Haring hopes for the same.
"We are extremely appreciative of his kindness and support and hope his gift will inspire other supporters to consider ways in which they can also have an immediate impact on the lives of our student-athletes," Haring said.
"Pat works hard to follow all of our teams and has helped fund initiatives that have helped us to improve both athletically and academically," Hickey said. "He is a great Roadrunner and an outstanding alumnus. We are very fortunate to have someone that has such a high level of commitment to UTSA as a part of the Roadrunner family."