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Heritage Magazine: Pitching In For Bearkat Athletics

Sept. 8, 2023
SHSU Media Contact: Mikah Boyd

Sanders ExtraHouston entrepreneur, philanthropist and Bearkat, Don Sanders, left his mark on Sam Houston State University in 2007 with a generous $1 million endowment fund gift to enhance the university’s baseball program. Since then, Sanders’ love for baseball and giving back has allowed the program to grow and prosper in the stadium which bears his name.

The former owner of the Houston Astros Baseball Club and current co-owner of Ryan Sanders Baseball is a leading figure in a variety of civic, corporate and financial enterprises. Through his success, Sanders’ passions are apparent. His devotion to baseball, education and animals are reflected in the numerous schools and charities he continues to uplift.

“There’s a lot of people who have succeeded in life and been fortunate enough to have the funds to give. Without that, many universities or nonprofits wouldn’t have the facilities they have today,” Sanders said. “I think it’s been fun in my life to do these kinds of things. I admit, when you drive up and see a stadium with your name on it, it’s a nice feeling. Watching organizations thrive from what you give is even more wonderful.”

An avid Bearkat fan, Sanders is excited to see SHSU thrive as the university joins Conference USA.

“It’s an advantageous move that gives Sam Houston a step up in the competition for all sports. In baseball, I think we will get more experienced ballplayers,” Sanders said. “Moving to Conference USA is a great accomplishment for the school and a testament to the reputation we have here. Particularly in the years ahead, it will mean a lot and I look forward to watching the Bearkats and the school advance as a result.”

To read the full version of Heritage Magazine Summer 2023, follow this link.

Support the Bearkats this weekend as they face Air Force Academy Falcons at NRG Stadium on Sept. 9. Follow this link to purchase tickets. 

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