Texas Tech University Athletics Receives $1M Gift from Happy State Bank

Texas Tech University officials announced a $1 million gift from Happy State Bank to fund facilities priorities of The Campaign for Fearless Champions.

The gift will be allocated to the new Sports Performance Center, which includes indoor training facilities for football and track and field. In recognition of the gift, the northwest entrance to Jones AT&T Stadium has been named the Happy State Bank Entrance. The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved the naming in keeping with the system’s policies on major gifts.

“Happy State Bank has been a valued corporate sponsor of Texas Tech Athletics and we are grateful for their continued support,” Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. “Today we are excited to welcome them as a new philanthropic partner in supporting this important new facility and The Campaign for Fearless Champions.”

The new Sports Performance Center will replace the Athletic Training Center (“The Bubble”), located south of Jones AT&T Stadium. It will house a 200-meter indoor, banked track with seating for up to approximately 2,000 fans, as well as an indoor football practice facility. The building will also include strength and conditioning space, sports medicine facilities and a nutrition center.

“Our competition and training facilities are critical as we grow each of our programs. These facilities give us an advantage when recruiting prospective student-athletes and they inspire our athletes as we prepare for game days,” Hocutt said.

Happy State Bank has more than 34 locations in 24 cities across West Texas, the Panhandle and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“Happy State Bank is proud of its West Texas roots and we’re `happy’ to support Texas Tech,” said J. Pat Hickman, chairman and CEO of Happy State Bank. “This gift to Texas Tech Athletics is an investment in the future leaders of our entire area and it will pay dividends to all of the communities we serve. It makes good business sense to support Texas Tech with this gift.”

“Our Lubbock employees are proud to be part of this commitment from Happy State Bank to Texas Tech Athletics,” said David Seim, Lubbock market chairman. “Texas Tech University continues to make a positive impact on all of our communities, and we are `happy’ to be a part of that success.”

With a bold vision for the future growth of Texas Tech athletic teams, The Campaign for Fearless Champions will enhance athletic facilities, invest in scholarship endowments and grow the Fearless Champions Leadership Academy, according to Andrea Tirey, senior director of development for Athletics.

Gifts to The Campaign for Fearless Champions have already funded 10 of 25 planned campaign facilities projects. Construction is currently underway to install new seats at Jones AT&T Stadium, build out Athletics department offices on the ground floor of the Jones AT&T Stadium east side building, and renovate the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball team facilities at United Supermarkets Arena.

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