Bruce Edwards ’60 says he gives to UC Davis’ intercollegiate athletics because he wants to see UC Davis win at all that it does.
The chance to reconnect with old friends is what motivated Bruce Edwards to attend an Aggie football game in 2001 after a nearly 40-year hiatus from his alma mater.
“Now I can’t wait for football season,” said Edwards, who played football and ran track for UC Davis in the 1950s. “Now I have a lot of relationships with people on campus too, so it is very gratifying for me to come back. It gives me something meaningful to do.”
Since that Aggie football game 10 years ago, Edwards’ support of UC Davis athletics has broadened from that of a fan cheering from the bleachers to also being a major donor. Edwards provided major gift support to build Aggie Stadium — including the funding to name the Bruce Edwards Club Room — and he recently made a gift of $2 million to support the stadium’s operations and possible expansion.
“I really feel great knowing that I helped with the Aggie Stadium building project,” said Edwards, who serves as vice chair of the UC Davis Foundation. “I am committed to being an advocate for giving to Aggie athletics. I wanted to give to something where I can make a difference; I feel like I can make a difference in athletics.”
Edwards hopes his support of athletics will lead to more victories on the playing field, which he thinks will translate into more alumni and friends giving to UC Davis Athletics.
“I think that what the chancellor wants to achieve for the campus — to be a top five public institution — is really important,” he said. “And I think athletics is a very, very important part of that mission.”