In appreciation for John and Carrie’s generosity, UCLA will honor the Mapes family in perpetuity by naming these endowments after them. The Mapes family, who will have their name displayed on a plaque in the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, will be paired with a UCLA Men’s Tennis, Football and Men’s Basketball student-athlete each academic year, receiving personal updates from the student-athletes while also attending an annual social and dinner along with each student-athlete.
"We are delighted to be associated with UCLA Athletics and to make an impact on future generations of student-athletes," said UCLA men’s tennis alum John Mapes, who graduated in 1990 with a B.A. in Economics/Business and is currently the Managing Partner of Aurora Capital Group in Los Angeles. "These scholarships will also provide perpetual support to our coaches as they develop our student-athletes into champions in the classroom, in competition and in the community."
With student-athlete scholarship costs projected to reach more than $12 million in 2014, the entire amount of which is the responsibility of the UCLA Athletics Department, it is incumbent upon Athletics to fully fund in true dollars all NCAA maximum allowable scholarships at UCLA. By providing an endowed, sustainable scholarship program through the generosity of private donations, other revenue such as ticket sales, corporate sponsorships and television rights fees can be used to further invest in resources that range from coaches to travel and recruiting expenses to facilities.
"John and Carrie have provided a strong foundation of support for UCLA Athletics, and their generosity is a shining example of how individuals can dramatically impact and enhance the lives of our student-athletes," said Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero. “As a direct result of this gift, the Mapes family has ensured that generations of student-athletes will have an opportunity to study and compete at UCLA - an opportunity that may not have existed otherwise. For that, I cannot thank them enough.”
The Four Deep Scholarship Endowment Campaign, chaired and founded in 1988 by UCLA graduate Bob Wilson, originally sought to endow four scholarships at each position for UCLA Football. Due to its success, it was subsequently expanded to include all UCLA scholarship athletes. The Mapes family gift coincides with the athletic department’s increased efforts to raise private funds to revitalize endowment support for UCLA Athletics.
"The need for financial assistance with respect to the educational component of the student-athlete has never been greater,” said Wilson. “It is therefore imperative that emphasis be placed on funding this initiative.”
An endowed gift supplies the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics with a perpetual source of income that provides the resources needed to attract, develop, and retain the nation’s most talented student-athletes and coaches. Endowments are long-term investments. The principal is invested, and earned income is distributed in accordance with the guidelines agreed upon by the donor, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the UCLA Foundation.
Additional Four Deep Scholarship Endowment opportunities remain. By creating a Four Deep Scholarship Endowment, donors will forever link their name to a championship tradition while making a direct impact on future generations of UCLA student-athletes.
For more information or to support UCLA student-athletes, contact the UCLA Athletics Development Office at 310-206-3302 or visit woodenathleticfund.com/foreverchampions.