Trojan Athletic Fund Signing Period Begins

    Feb. 5, 2015

    The Trojan Athletic Fund, the general fund supporting USC Athletics' scholarships, launched its 2015 "Signing Period" membership campaign today, highlighted by a signature lead gift by a former Trojan football player.

    As part of USC's record-breaking "Heritage Initiative" to build new facilities and grow the scholarship endowment, which to date has raised $300 million all while Troy was under NCAA sanctions, the Trojan Athletic Fund is seeking to expand its footprint even further.

    To kick off Signing Period, former USC football player Matt Koart has given $1 million as a lead gift to encourage others to join him in supporting the Trojan Athletic Fund. Koart, a defensive tackle on USC's 1984 Rose Bowl team who then played with the Green Bay Packers, has earmarked his gift for the Koart Family Endowed Scholarship that will be designated for a Trojan football player. It is the largest endowment gift by a former USC student-athlete.

    The Trojan Athletic Fund comprises a global network of more than 5,000 alumni, parents, former student-athletes, and friends who directly contribute to the success of USC's student-athletes. The TAF "Signing Period" will consist of several special events across California, social media campaigns, and other initiatives with the intention of growing the Trojan Family and widening the support for USC's 650-plus student-athletes.

    New members who join the Trojan Athletic Fund will not only be impacting the overall success of USC's student-athletes, but will receive exclusive benefits such as priority seating for football and basketball, preferred parking at the Coliseum, Ultimate Sports Card (free admission to all USC sports excluding football and basketball), opportunities to purchase football away, bowl game, and championship tickets, and invitations to special TAF donor events throughout the year.

    Koart, who received his bachelor and law degrees from USC, was an Academic All-American first teamer as a senior in 1985 when he captained the Trojans. He is president of Koart Residential, Inc., a full-service residential real estate development and private equity investment company based in Pleasanton, Calif.



    Koart is the latest former Trojan student-athlete to give back to the University by making a significant financial gift.

    Former USC swimmer Fred Uytengsu's $8 million lead gift in 2012 for the Uytengsu Aquatics Center was the largest ever by a former Trojan student-athlete. Heliane Steden, an All-American on a pair of USC tennis NCAA championship teams, provided the largest gift by a former USC female student-athlete from the Title IX era when she endowed a scholarship in her name in 2013 for an international player on the Women of Troy tennis program.

    For information regarding the Trojan Athletic Fund or USC Athletics Development options, please contact USC Athletics Development at 213-740-4155 or visit