“We had five teams of great volunteers compete for five weeks to see how many new members they could get for AAC,” Fred Heinrich, Associate Athletic Director for Development said. “Aggie Athletics is so grateful to all five teams for the time and energy they put into the Membership Drive.”
Aggie Athletic Club supports all 17 men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports at NM State. Funds raised by AAC are used for scholarships, room and board, fees, nutrition and other support for NM State’s student-athletes. “Our AAC members are great. Their support impacts our student-athletes’ lives every day. Some of the students wouldn’t be able to attend NM State without their scholarships,” Heinrich said.
AAC has not had a Membership Drive for several years.
“It was important to get this started again,” Heinrich said. “There are a lot of great things going on in NM State’s athletics department. This membership drive builds on the energy and momentum we have from several WAC championships last year, entering the Sun Belt in football this year, the new football field, the renovations to the Coca-Cola strength training center, and the upcoming improvements to Presley Askew Field. “
The five team captains were: Kevin Merhege, Denni Cheney, David Medina, John Kutinac, and Bill Harty. The five week competition ended up with Merhege’s Team gaining the most members for AAC. Merhege personally raised the most support for AAC during the drive.
“All the Teams did a great job. Kevin raised $3,800 on his own and his name forever will be engraved on the ‘Aggie Crimson Award,’ a tradition that was started years ago,” Heinrich said. “The Crimson Aggie Award trophy signifies the most dollars raised during AAC’s annual campaign. 44 members were added during the Membership Drive, with 34 who had not been AAC members before, and $12,850 were raised. The student-athletes and Coaches work so hard and everyone really appreciates the support from our AAC members.”
For more information about Aggie Athletic Club, see www.AggieAthleticClub.com or call 575-646-5151.