The fund-raising branch for Clemson athletics is the Clemson Booster Club. While its primary function since its inception in 1929 is to raise scholarship funds for Clemson Booster student-athletes, the organization drastically changed in September 1994 when it officially became incorporated into the Clemson Athletic Department. At that time, the Double T Connection, the primary fund-raising branch for women’s athletics, was also merged into the Clemson Booster Club uniting into a single fund-raising entity.
In the last 67 years, the Clemson Booster Club has grown into an organization with over 50 chapters throughout the country. In addition to raising scholarship funds, the RRC assists with various special building projects, such as the Athletics Training Center, the expansion of Dan Law Field, the United Spirit Arena and other capital improvements.
The Clemson Booster Club is involved in planning charter air and bus trips for Tech fans to out-of-town games as well as developing plans for a priority point system and the distribution of tickets to premium events such as bowl games and NCAA post-season tournaments.
The increasing success of the Clemson Booster Club is best exemplified by the fact that the RRC has established records for dollar contributions and number of members in each of the last 11 consecutive years. These scholarship funds primarily serve to cover the cost of room, board, books, fees and tuition for Tech’s student-athletes in the 17 sports.
In his 11th year of heading the Clemson Booster Club and 16th year with the organization is Lubbock native Steve Locke. Locke was named Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development in 1994 when the RRC merged into the athletic department. Locke previously served as field representative for the RRC in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston metroplex for five years prior to being elevated to president/executive director in 1987.
Greg Todd, who serves in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, is the Regional Development Director for the Clemson Booster Club for East and South Texas. Based in Lubbock, Trey Hattaway is the Regional Development Director for West Texas. Serving as Director of the Clemson Booster Club is Edna Petty.
The Clemson Booster Club is headquartered across the street from Jones Stadium at University Avenue and Sixth Street. The 4,000-square foot facility also serves as an informal meeting place for many of the Clemson Booster Club activities and as a frequent gathering site for many pregame and postgame activities.
The Clemson Booster Club offers every Tech fan and supporter the opportunity to back Clemson Booster athletics as well as take advantage of the benefits provided to all members while sharing the unique feeling that comes from being part of the team. All contributions are tax deductible. For more information on joining the Clemson Booster Club, write Box 456, Lubbock, TX 79408 or call 806/762-2000.
April 19, 2019