MARGIN OF EXCELLENCE
Kansas Athletics network of Friends Clubs is coordinated by the Associate Athletics Director/Development under the umbrella of the Williams Education Fund (WEF). Friends Clubs within Kansas Athletics have been established to benefit the various sports programs.
These clubs are organized to promote a specific athletic program through special events, programs and social activities. In addition to raising money, the clubs bring many members and guests to Jayhawk events. A donation through a Friends Club to the WEF counts towards the priority points system and other WEF membership benefits as described in Policy 903, WEF, in this Manual.
Each individual associated with a sport's Friends Club organization is responsible for upholding all University, Conference and NCAA rules and regulations related to outside support of the intercollegiate athletics program. The Associate Athletics Director/Development, in conjunction with the Compliance Office, the Faculty Athletics Representative and coaches, ensures that information concerning such rules and regulations is made available to members of these booster organizations.
All fundraising activities including, but not limited to, solicitation appeals, correspondence, events, sales and booster-related efforts must be coordinated and approved by the Associate Athletics Director/Development.
Before any sport organizes a Friends Club, written permission must be obtained from the Director of Athletics. A proposal must be submitted listing all relevant information concerning the group or club. Items to be covered include the following:
All Friends Club fundraising activities (e.g. clinics, etc.) must be approved prior to the activity by the Associate Athletics Director/Development and the Assistant Athletics Director/Compliance. Approved activities are included on Kansas Athletics Master Calendar of Events.
All funds raised by a Friends Club or the WEF on behalf of a sport are deposited in a WEF Margin of Excellence account. Each check must be accompanied by a memo listing the name of the member (donor), the amount of the check and a description of benefits for which the person is entitled, if any. Any funds deposited from the sale of items must have a full explanation attached.
Use of Funds
Requests for the use of Friends Club funds must be submitted to the Senior Associate Athletics Director and approved by the Sport Supervisor. All such requests must be in compliance with KUEA fiscal guidelines and NCAA regulations. (See Policy 404D, Disbursements: Margin of Excellence Accounts, in this Manual for additional information.)