Mark Teixeira's heart is as big as his swing. Among the most heralded baseball players in Yellow Jacket history, Teixeira, Class of 2002, made a commitment to fully endow a baseball scholarship at Tech. With his commitment, the New York Yankees' power-hitting first baseman established the Mark C. Teixeira Athletic Scholarship Fund, which provides a significant boost to the baseball program and bring Georgia Tech one step closer to reaching its goal of fully endowing all athletic scholarships.
Teixeira, who was named the national freshman of the year in 1999 and national college player of the year in 2000, has always been passionate about the power of philanthropy. Since leaving Tech as a first-round draft pick of the Texas Rangers, he has consistently given generously to athletics—in particular Georgia Tech's strength and conditioning program and the golf team—as well as the College of Management. He knows firsthand the value of scholarships, having received full support during his years at Tech.
"I spent some of the best years of my life at Georgia Tech. It was a springboard to my career, and I want to be part of Tech's future."
The Institute seeks to fully endow twelve baseball scholarships. Teixeira hopes that his commitment will inspire other former Tech student-athletes to follow his lead in giving back to a program and a university that were so integral to his professional success.