About Red Raider Club
The Red Raider Club is the principal fundraising arm of Texas Tech Athletics. The Red Raider Club’s primary purpose is to provide the financial support for more than 300 student-athlete scholarships in all 17 intercollegiate sports at Texas Tech. Our mission is To Educate, Serve and Grow Fearless Champions.
The 1920s was a monumental decade in Texas Tech Athletics History. Not only did the Texas Tech Matadors play their first season of football at the Lubbock Fair Grounds in 1925, but also in 1929 the Red Raider Club was founded to help sustain Texas Tech Athletics. Originally known as the Matador Club, the Red Raider Club was founded to encourage excellence at Tech both scholastically and athletically and with a main focus of raising funds for scholarships and to boost revenue for the athletics department. An excerpt from the January 31, 1926 Lubbock Avalanche Journal describes the beginnings of the Red Raider Club:
“The Matador Club…was organized at the opening of the college term to support college athletics and to develop close contact between the people of the plains and the college students and faculty members, in order that all athletic programs may be given the whole-hearted support of everyone.”
The article also refers to the first fund-raising efforts of the Red Raider Club and its $3,700 goal for the campaign. It also called for the people of Lubbock, West Texas, and its surrounding areas to answer the call and support the Matador Club.
We’ve come a long way since then and since we officially became the Red Raider Club in 1953. In 1994, the Red Raider Club officially transformed from a volunteer organization to a part of the Texas Tech Athletics Department. It took us only three years to reach our first $1 million milestone in annual fund contributions. And just six years into our official existence, we teamed up with funds from lead donor United Supermarkets and hundreds of Red Raider Club members to construct United Spirit Arena, a state-of-the-art, multi-sport $62 million facility.
We grew our membership to 3,010 members in 2002 and contributions reached $2,524,723. By 2007 our contributions passed the $4.2 million mark as our membership continued to grow. Today the Red Raider Club Scholarship Fund is supported by more than 6,000 members and brought in a total of $18.6 million in 2012.
We’re not done yet though, as we hope to continue to grow our supporters to 10,000 members, including alumni, loyal fans, students, and community supporters and partners. With your help we can continue our growth and continue To Educate, Serve and Grow Fearless Champions.