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Championship CALiber Initiative To Support Cal Football

December 20, 2021
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The Cal Athletics Fund and Cal football are excited to announce the creation of Championship CALiber, an initiative to provide additional support for the Golden Bears and Travers Family Head Football Coach Justin Wilcox to help elevate the success of the football program.
 
Championship CALiber is made possible through the generosity of several donors who have been dedicated to the long-term success of the football program for many years. Together, they have pledged close to $2 million over three years towards this new initiative. These individuals include Bryan Cameron, Bradford Hall Jr., Grant and Suanne Inman, Kevin and Jeanette Kennedy, Greg and Carey Richardson, Randy Scott, John and Peggy Stock, and Jack and Elizabeth Weingart, plus the San Francisco Grid Club.
 
"We are delighted to collaborate with the athletic department in providing donors, alums and fans with a new way to directly and tangibly support coach Wilcox as he builds Cal into a consistently competitive football program that achieves great success on and off the field," Greg Richardson said.

Championship CALiber will provide the football program with funding to target three key areas that can have an immediate impact:

Player Wellness – an increased commitment to the overall student-athlete experience, including an enhanced nutrition and fueling program

Recruiting – increasing travel funds, staffing and the use of software to strengthen the recruiting process

Staffing - enhancing salaries to recruit and retain elite coaches and support staff

"Coach Wilcox has established an incredible culture and foundation for our student-athletes to thrive, and I am excited for the future of our program," Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said. "With the support of our Championship CALiber initiative, we will position funding for Cal football to be in the top half of the conference, providing it the necessary resources to compete for championships and achieve academic excellence." 

Those interested in joining the Championship CALiber initiative can give at the following levels:

Bear Territory ($100k+)

Victory Cannon ($50k+)

Blue and Gold ($25k+)

Each level grants exclusive access to Cal football while providing the funds necessary to truly become Championship CALiber.

To support Cal football, gifts can be made here. Questions can be directed to Adam Brooks at (559) 389-1853 or atbrooks@berkeley.edu.

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Championship CALiber Initiative To Support Cal Football

4,150 Views | 21 Replies | Last: 27 days ago by Oski87
BearGreg
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The Bear Insider community comprises $750k of this commitment and was a big part of creating this first-of-its-kind fund for Cal Football. Thanks to all of you.
SmellinRoses
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We'll done Greg. Go Bears.
calumnus
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BearGreg said:

The Bear Insider community comprises $750k of this commitment and was a big part of creating this first-of-its-kind fund for Cal Football. Thanks to all of you.


Fantastic! Go Bears!
Blueblood
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Boy oh boy, Cal is going to the Rose Bowl now!
Chapman_is_Gone
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Wow. Just wow. If you've ever wondered if Blueblood is a complete dick, this post confirms it.
ducky23
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BearGreg said:

The Bear Insider community comprises $750k of this commitment and was a big part of creating this first-of-its-kind fund for Cal Football. Thanks to all of you.


Impressive.

But the Rivals community single handily sponsored the head coaching position, so there's that.
MoragaBear
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ducky23 said:

BearGreg said:

The Bear Insider community comprises $750k of this commitment and was a big part of creating this first-of-its-kind fund for Cal Football. Thanks to all of you.
Impressive.

But the Rivals community single handily sponsored the head coaching position, so there's that.
What do you mean? Trace does a great job running the Cal Rivals site but the Travers Family trust isn't the Rivals community.
ducky23
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I'm kidding!!! Relax
MoragaBear
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ducky23 said:

I'm kidding!!! Relax
CaliforniaEternal
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You guys are awesome!
okaydo
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Is this Inman related to the Inman donors?

CarmelBear
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Nope
WildBear
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that's amazing, Edit: Grant is an MBA grad of Cal and Oregon undergrad. Glad he's so involved with both places!

This is amazing, thanks to all who donated!
HungryCalBear
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This is exciting, a great effort in the right direction to level the playing field with schools with upper hands. I wonder if this had already been in the work and accelerated since Wilcox got that Oregon offer - maybe he used that as leverage for this change?

Blueblood
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Chapman_is_Gone said:

Wow. Just wow. If you've ever wondered if Blueblood is a complete dick, this post confirms it.

Here's my picture proving that I'm a complete [CENSORED].




Sure 19 of you clowns believe
chappedlips_is_gone, but I have
26 friends that don't!
LunchTime
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Awesome.

Thats a lot of put up on the "put vs shut" spectrum...
BearGreg
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This program was created by the donors last Winter and was finalized early this season.
Sebastabear
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Posted this on the other board but will put here as well.

In an exciting update I've learned that just since Cal put out this release yesterday 8 more people have joined the initiative, with a number of folks coming in at the $50k level. Just awesome. Don't know if any of the folks on this board are in that group but if so, THANK YOU!

This also just backs up the observation that Cal has a lot of generous alums who are encouraged by some of the steps Cal and Justin are taking and are eager to help. Just an amazing amount of untapped potential. Imagine if we could actually win some games what we could do .

At some point I guess we all decided we had to stop muttering at the wall and either put up or shut up. Exciting for all of us to be (hopefully) able to push this team to the promised land. Or pull it. Or club it over the head and drag it. I really don't care. As long as we can get to the damn Rose Bowl.


eabandit
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This might sound like a random question, but I figure I'd ask. Other than financial contributions, is it possible for us to get involved by providing professional services or consultant work?

It was mentioned that some of the fund money would be used to finance recruiting and software/technical implementation. I'm a web developer (ex-Google) and would be happy (eager) to do whatever I can with my skill set to help this initiative. Are opportunities available? (i.e. as an external consultant or otherwise)

FWIW it doesn't seem Cal Athletics hires for these positions in house. I don't have a relationship with anyone "in the know" so I figured I'd post into the wind here.
Oski87
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eabandit said:

This might sound like a random question, but I figure I'd ask. Other than financial contributions, is it possible for us to get involved by providing professional services or consultant work?

It was mentioned that some of the fund money would be used to finance recruiting and software/technical implementation. I'm a web developer (ex-Google) and would be happy (eager) to do whatever I can with my skill set to help this initiative. Are opportunities available? (i.e. as an external consultant or otherwise)

FWIW it doesn't seem Cal Athletics hires for these positions in house. I don't have a relationship with anyone "in the know" so I figured I'd post into the wind here.
This seems like a really good point. Alabama has an excellent recruiting process - they built it in house and it is all about viewing video, statistic analysis, and skimming the internet about recruits, their height, weight, other measurable, etc. I think they have a crew of about 20 kids in a room doing this. Seems like an application of technology would be worth while there to do it smarter somehow. And frankly that would be impressive with recruits when you show up with your own Cal analysis of the kids, ranking, what they need to do to move up, etc...Send out weekly analysis of their high school games and what they need to work on, etc. Kids would eat that up.

Maybe they have all that already.
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