Keep Charging On

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Knight Nation, please join us in this one-year fundraising effort to provide charitable support for UCF Athletics through the Keep Charging On Fund. It will provide funding to maintain the significant momentum built over the past four years, despite the budgetary uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With your help, we will continue to Charge On as we face the uncertainty of the future. 

Danny and Shawn White have made a personal pledge of $100,000 to kick off the Keep Charging On Fund. 

“We all have seen the tremendous progress we’ve made toward accomplishing the goals we set out in our strategic plan—and we couldn’t be any more committed to making them happen,” says White. “This is our way of sending that message to all of Knight Nation.”
- Danny White, Vice President and Director of UCF Athletics

Thank you for your support! Go Knights, Charge On!

Updates
Keep Charging On Update | September 11, 2020

Thank you, Knight Nation!

We launched the Keep Charging On Fund seven weeks ago and we are already halfway to our goal in this one-year fundraising effort to maintain the significant momentum we’ve built over the past four years.

We are humbled by the support of Knight Nation and we hope you all can help us finish strong! Please share this initiative with others in the UCF community to help us achieve our goal.

 Go Knights and Keep Charging On!

14 days ago by Stephanie Odierno
Keep Charging On Fund Reaches $1 M Milestone

Thank you, Knight Nation! Because of you, we have hit a milestone in our campaign.


We launched the Keep Charging On Fund seven weeks ago and we are already halfway to our goal in this one-year fundraising effort to maintain the significant momentum we’ve built over the past four years.

As of this morning, 642 donors have pushed us past the halfway mark to our goal of $2 million by June 30, 2021. We are thankful for your support and also thankful to all of our Coaches and Athletics staff who believe in our mission and helped raise $900,000 thus far.

Help us finish strong by sharing this initiative with others in the UCF community to help us achieve our goal and continue to visit KeepChargingOn.com for updates.

Thank you again for your support of UCF Athletics!

14 days ago by Stephanie Odierno
Press Release | July 24, 2020

Three UCF Coaches Champion ‘Keep Charging On’

UCF football coach Josh Heupel and his wife Dawn, Knight men's basketball coach Johnny Dawkins and his wife Tracy and women's basketball coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson and her husband Michael have combined to contribute $430,000 to the Keep Charging On Fund announced yesterday by UCF Athletics.
 
Their contributions follow the initial $100,000 pledge from UCF vice president and director of athletics Danny White and his wife Shawn.
 
"When I first brought up this initiative, Josh, Johnny and Katie couldn't have responded more quickly," says White. "This is their way of sending the message to all of Knight Nation that we couldn't be any more committed to accomplishing the goals we set out in our strategic plan."
 
The Keep Charging On Fund is a one-year fundraising effort to provide unrestricted charitable support for UCF Athletics. It will provide funding to maintain the significant momentum built over the past four years, despite the budgetary uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Anyone interested in giving to the Keep Charging On Fund can do so via www.KeepChargingOn.com.

63 days ago by Stephanie Odierno
Press Release | July 23, 2020

UCF Knights Plan to Keep Charging On

Athletics at UCF in recent years has celebrated unprecedented levels of success and achievement in virtually every measurable category on and off the field.

Vice president and director of athletics Danny White has no intention of permitting that momentum to subside. 
 
So White and his wife Shawn have made a personal pledge of $100,000 to kick off the Keep Charging On Fund.
 
The Keep Charging On Fund is a one-year fundraising effort to provide unrestricted charitable support for UCF Athletics. It will provide funding to maintain the significant momentum built over the past four years, despite the budgetary uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
"We all have seen the tremendous progress we've made toward accomplishing the goals we set out in our strategic plan—and we couldn't be any more committed to making them happen," says White. "This is our way of sending that message to all of Knight Nation."
 
The UCF Athletics budget--$51 million in fiscal year 2015-16--was expected to grow to $74 million for fiscal year 2020-21. Through ticket sales with a 2020 seven-game home football schedule, donations, sponsorships and the new American Athletic Conference television package, the department was forecasting $7 million in growth for FY21 to continue to build a top-25 program and create the future of college sports. 
 
Adds White, "We had been impatiently waiting for Fiscal Year 2021 to fund strategic priorities that will provide margins of excellence and deliver huge competitive advantages for our coaches and student-athletes. We have worked too hard to have our momentum stall, yet a strategic pause  became necessary. Stalling our momentum is not an option--we have too much determination and grit to be patient."
 
For the final few months of the past fiscal year, UCF Athletics froze all salaries, spending and searches for open positions. For the new 2020-2021 fiscal year, staff and coaches reduced their respective budgets by 10 percent across the board, while scheduling and travel restrictions have been put in place to help reduce costs.
 
"We aren't alone. Everybody in the country is making sacrifices," White says. "My top priority is to protect our people--student-athletes, coaches and staff. We still can be in a position of strength and get right back to doing what we do a year from now. We've got a lot of good things going, and we want to keep them all going." 
 
More than anyone, White knows how much work his department has put into building an entity that now projects all its programs as championship-caliber teams. He's not about to veer from the UCF Athletics mission statement that promises "to positively transform the lives of our students academically, athletically and personally through a nationally competitive intercollegiate athletics program that enhances the reputation and visibility of the University."
 
"We'll work through these challenges over the coming months and get to a point where we are rolling again," White says. "In my mind, I'm looking at this as a pause to get through the uncertainty—and it's based on how our programs have been built and are poised for success. This initiative is all about focusing on the positives as we continue to build our brand.
 
"As Orlando's Hometown Team, all of us have great empathy for what everyone in Orlando and in our fan base is experiencing. We strongly feel that what is good for UCF is good for Orlando and vice-versa. We know the continued growth of UCF Athletics ultimately will help the local businesses and local economy.
 
"So we are going to 'keep charging on' with our vision."
 
Anyone interested in giving to the Keep Charging On Fund can do so via www.KeepChargingOn.com.

64 days ago by Stephanie Odierno

Donor Map
Class Year LeaderboardThe Class Year Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students, Parents
AffiliationDonors$ Raised
201616$26,091
201412$25,637
199814$11,073
201910$5,444
19772$5,100
19791$5,000
199214$4,163
200725$3,919
199512$3,319
200618$2,617
200010$2,578
199310$2,264
200925$2,108
200417$1,956
200210$1,781
199710$1,573
200319$1,552
201017$1,529
19862$1,500
201127$1,476
20229$1,406
199911$1,176
201321$1,103
200512$955
201217$930
202015$773
19753$700
19733$700
200814$671
200115$644
201711$631
19874$614
19831$500
199610$499
19915$424
20237$403
19844$390
20217$350
19942$350
201513$350
19907$325
19811$250
19853$225
20185$205
19782$200
19883$150
19892$124
20261$100
19721$100
19822$74
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