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January 2018

As you may know, U.S. tax law has changed, with priority payments for tickets no longer considered a charitable gift. Here are some FAQs about what this change will mean to Wildcat Club members in the coming year. 

Will priority seating payments still exist?
Arizona Athletics will continue to separate total season ticket costs into “priority seating” and “ticket cost” for 2018. We are changing “annual giving level” to “annual benefit level” for 2018, as you will still receive benefits for your priority payment (excluding the tax deduction).

Will my benefits level change?
In 2018, priority seating payments and all Athletics charitable gifts will count toward donors' “annual benefit level.” In turn, their annual giving benefits (such as parking, eligibility for the football donor trip, etc.) will be implemented in the same manner as previous years.

How will my priority points be impacted?
For 2018, ticket priority payments will still count toward your priority points.

As we navigate these changes and their impact, 2018 will serve as a bridge year to enable us to research options moving forward. Annual benefit levels and benefits offered are likely to change in the future.

Please also note: Due to these significant changes, official tax receipts will be delayed this year. If you have questions, please contact your development officer or the Wildcat Club's main office at 520.621.2582.



Senior Dusan Ristic has taken on a major leadership role for the Wildcats this season – he's known to lead by example on and off the court. In his final year as a Wildcat, he's currently averaging over 10 points and six rebounds per game, while shooting over 80 percent from the free throw line.

You're deep into your senior season, what has been a highlight for you so far in 2017-18?One thing I have been proud about this season is our team's ability to overcome adversity. We lost three games in the Bahamas and experienced something most Arizona teams don't go through. It was a weird feeling that I had never felt before, but what made me proud was how well we responded when we got back. We practice hard, we all got better, and every single player on our team was 100 percent committed to turning things back around.

What's one of your favorite memories of being a student-athlete at the University of Arizona?
It's hard to pick just one because I have really enjoyed my entire career here. One of the many things I have really liked has been playing in Pac-12 and NCAA Tournaments because we were competing for championships at the highest level. I will always look back at that after I graduate as some of the favorite moments of my career.

Another thing is being a student at the University of Arizona; the ability to go to classes on a beautiful campus, with beautiful weather, in a great landscape like Tucson. Even if you wake up in a bad mood in the morning here, it's still sunny outside and really nice out. That is the magic of Tucson. It's always sunny and always positive. The overall atmosphere of the U of A will always be a positive memory for me.

A third favorite part of my time at the U of A is just the amount of support you receive from the entire community. From everybody who works in Athletics, to the campus community, to the city of Tucson, I always felt the support and encouragement as a Wildcat.

What's it like for you being in the final semester of college?
It's such a great feeling to be heading into the home stretch of my college career. It really is a satisfying feeling knowing that once I am done I will have my college degree from this great university. No matter how long my basketball career goes on, I will be grateful and proud to have that college degree. That's a very important achievement that I will carry with me through the rest of my life.

What has the support you received from the Wildcat Club and Arizona Athletics meant to you?
My time as a student-athlete has been a first-class experience throughout all four of my years at the U of A. How we travel, the facilities we have, the people who work in Athletics are all key to being successful on the court, in the classroom and in the community. All of the support is what you need to achieve all of your goals, and a privilege that I never took for granted. When you spend time in McKale Center, Richard Jefferson Gym, our locker room and other places, it shows you just how much everyone cares about the program and the people in it. It means so much to us to see and hear our supporters, fans and donors in McKale Center every game and on the road as well. I am just so thankful to everyone who has made all of that happen and provided us with all of the support.


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Head women's golf coach Laura Ianello is in her eighth season leading the program. During her tenure, the Wildcats have reached the postseason each year and finished in the Top 10 at the NCAA Championships four times, while also winning the 2015 Pac-12 Championship. She also guided the Cats to the 2010 Pac-10 Championship while leading the program as an assistant coach, prior to being named head coach. She has additionally guided golfers to six All-America honors and 19 All-Pac-12 recognitions.

What are the goals of the team as the spring season begins?
This season we are very excited to get going. The key to playing well in Palos Verdes at the Northrop Grumman is to make sure our short game is in check. The greens are difficult. The weather sometimes can be a little iffy in February, but we're really excited to get the season going. We play in this event every year and it's a fantastic tournament hosted by Ohio State. We're going to see a lot of top teams in the country there.

What can fans look forward to in the upcoming tournaments?
We got some really exciting news that our newcomer Yu-Sang Hou has arrived in town. She is a new freshman on our team, ranked as the 72nd amateur in the world. She will play alongside great Wildcats Haley Moore and Bianca Pagdanganan. We are very excited for her arrival.

What makes Arizona Athletics so special?
At Arizona Athletics we really do try to come together and have a great family environment. We have players and people from all over the world. Golf is a very international sport, and what I'm so proud of is that our ladies come from such different cultures, the Philippines, Norway, Denmark, Oregon, California, and Taiwan. They really get to know one another and respect each other's upbringings. We have our own little unique family.

How important is the support of the Wildcat Club?
The Wildcat Club and those who donate to the Wildcat Club continue to help student-athletes succeed. I think in the past year donations made by our wonderful donors in the Wildcat Club are seen by the progress made in our athletic department, such as the new Ginny L. Clements Academic Center, more resources, and better facilities. They are things that will help the athletic department and the University of Arizona as a whole. I think this university is so special to all of us, especially for me having attended the U of A. We have so many supporters, and the Wildcat Club is a great organization.



Thur., Jan. 25 MBB Pregame Reception Jim Click Hall of Champions DW, PW, GW 5 PM
Sat., Jan. 17 MBB Pregame Reception Jim Click Hall of Champions DW, PW, GW 1 PM
Thur., Feb. 8 MBB Pregame Reception Jim Click Hall of Champions DW, PW, GW 6:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 10 MBB Pregame Reception Jim Click Hall of Champions DW, PW, GW 6:30 PM






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