Lyle Smith Society Secures Another $ 1 Million Gift

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State Athletics secured its third $ 1 million commitment to the Lyle Smith Society, director of athletics Jeramiah Dickey announced Friday.

The gift, from an anonymous donor, is committed to the Broncos’ future basketball facility project.

“With the recent and historical successes of both the Boise State men’s and women’s basketball programs, the time to elevate is now,” Dickey said. “We are sincerely grateful for the leadership and commitment displayed through this anonymous gift, which will be transformational in defining What’s Next for our basketball facility projects.”

With the $ 1 million gift, commitments to the Lyle Smith Society have now reached $ 19 million and a membership of 150 loyal Bronco supporters.

The commitment is the first leadership gift of at least $ 500,000 since announcing the Playbook for Success in April, which identifies 12 critical priorities to position Bronco Athletics for future successes and sustainability. Included in the Playbook for Success was a comprehensive facilities analysis, which provided concepts for both ExtraMile Arena and the Arguinchona Basketball Complex, and ultimately, an Athletics Master Village. The recommendation for an Athletics Master Village was introduced to include implementation from all four elements of the department’s What’s Next Initiative – infrastructure, student-athlete experience, marketability and revenue generation.

“Our administration has an elite vision for this athletic department, and that vision is shared by us coaches,” men’s basketball head coach Leon Rice said. “We are building something special here at Boise State, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of our donors stepping up and supporting that.”

“We are so grateful for such a generous gift,” women’s basketball head coach Gordy Presnell said. “This project will be impactful to the continued development of Bronco Basketball for years to come.”

The Lyle Smith Society is a philanthropic giving option launched by the Bronco Athletic Association in December of 2020. Membership begins with a minimum pledge of $ 25,000 over a five-year period or donating an annual cash gift of $ 25,000 or more.

The Lyle Smith Society is named after the iconic, longtime Boise State football coach and administrator.

A leadership giving society to support Boise State Athletics, the purpose of the Lyle Smith Society is to increase philanthropic revenues, providing consistent funding for scholarships, operational needs and capital projects. Members of the Lyle Smith Society enjoy unique stewardship opportunities and benefits based on giving level, while maintaining the flexibility to designate each gift to the fund of their choice.

For those interested in learning more or in making a commitment to the Lyle Smith Society, contact the Bronco Athletic Association at (208) 426-3556 or [email protected]

Contributions from Lyle Smith Society members can be applied to funds including, but not limited to, the following, which have been established as priorities by Boise State Athletics:

Bronco Nation Fund
The Bronco Nation fund is the lifeblood of support for Bronco student-athletes and is the most popular method for Bronco fans to show their pride and play a part in the success of Boise State Athletics. All gifts to the Bronco Nation fund go toward student-athlete scholarships on an annual basis.

Capital Projects
Capital projects have the ability to support the student-athlete experience by enhancing or constructing facilities to better position our programs for competitive success. Capital gifts may build new facilities, enhance locker rooms, team meeting spaces and day-to-day facilities, while also building the brand of Boise State Athletics.

Women’s Sports Fund
The Women’s Sports Fund provides vital operational support to all women’s sports at Boise State.

Sports Enhancement Funds
Sport enhancement funds allow Bronco fans to give to individual teams and help support their specific goals and needs.

Endowments can be established for scholarships, coaches’ positions and program operational needs. Donors with existing endowments may also qualify for the Lyle Smith Society by committing to a $ 25,000 + gift over five years to their existing endowment.

The BroncoLife program is a department-wide commitment to focus on the whole person and emphasizes the transition to college, personal development and planning for a career.

Sports Performance, Health and Wellness
Investment in the sports performance, health and wellness of Bronco student-athletes encompasses the areas of sports performance, nutrition, mental health and sports medicine.

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