1986 - Joseph J. Vinardi 1987 - Frank McGill 1988 - J. Terrence Haney 1989 - Len Leavitt 1990 - Ron Gartlan 1991 - Tom Gaughen 1992 - Timothy Fitzgibbons, M.D. 1993 - Tim O’Neill 1994 - Rich Ramm 1995 - Bill & Patty Hargens 1996 - Tom Kiefer, D.D.S. 1997 - Anne McGuire 1998 - Jack Diesing, Jr. 1999 - Jim Manion, M.D. 2000 - Donald Cimpl 2001 - David Slattery 2002 - Charles Taylon, M.D. 2003 - John Chisholm 2004 - Ren Smith 2005 - Mark Enenbach 2006 - Leo & Mary Ellen Knowles 2007 - Dave & Sandy Parker 2008 - Dr. Wayne & Eileen Ryan 2009 - Pat & Dorothy Nipp 2010 - Mike & Joani Mullin 2011 - Bob & Rosemary Gross 2012 - Mike & Dana Meyer 2013 - Connie Ryan 2014 - Dan & Alison O'Neill
The Jaybackers Organization strengthens and promotes broad-based support for intercollegiate athletics at Creighton University by serving as ambassadors and providing funding to offset the increasing costs of competing at the Division I level.
Through the years, the Jaybackers Organization has touched the lives of many CU student-athletes – young women and men who have worked to balance academic excellence with superior sports performance. Many have gone on to represent Creighton University in professional sports, many more have earned a college degree and the means to pursue successful careers, and all have grown from their association with the CU athletics program.
The long-range goal of the Jaybackers Organization is to raise 100 percent of the money needed to fund Creighton University’s athletic scholarships on an annual basis. Creighton’s annual scholarship bill for student-athletes currently stands at over $4 million – and gifts to the Jaybackers Organization currently pay only a fraction of that bill. Jaybackers Organization funding helps supplement many areas of the Athletics budget which ensures the future growth and success of all Creighton University athletics programs which currently include eight women’s sports (basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball) and six men’s sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis).
Over 2,800 families and businesses joined Jaybackers in 2013-14 and gifts to the organization totaled over $4 million, reaching all-time highs in 16 of the last 17 years. In the last 18 years, the Jaybackers Organization has more than quadrupled in members while gifts have increased from $376,000 in 1996-97 to over $4 million in 2013-14.
For more information about joining Jaybackers, contact the Creighton University Athletics Ticket Office by phone at 402-280-JAYS (5297) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.