Fundraising Efforts Set for Thursday's Football Game

The BYU Athletic Department is inviting Cougar fans attending its home football games to chip in and help raise funds for the new Athletic Complex.

Responding to numerous calls and e-mails from fans, asking for the opportunity to donate money and spare change at the home football games, the athletic department has launched a "Bucks for Bricks" campaign.

Before, during and after the six home football games this fall, student-athletes will be stationed around LaVell Edwards Stadium with special donation boxes, inviting Cougar fans to donate money towards the Athletic Complex.

"This new complex will play a vital role in the future success of our program. The fundraising efforts are moving forward and every penny counts," said men's athletic director Val Hale. "We invite BYU fans to deposit whatever amount of money they desire into the special boxes at the stadium gates. If every person contributes something, it will add up quickly."

The department's goal is to average .50 cents per fan, per game during the 2002 home season. That would amount to approximately $200,000.

"We are getting close to having the funds necessary to break ground on the Athletic Complex," said Hale. "Our efforts in the next few weeks will be crucial."