From Barry Faircloth

Chris Paul’s Impactful Summer in Winston-Salem


At some point during each summer, assuming he is not preparing for the Olympics or any other international competition, you can find Chris Paul back in his hometown of Winston-Salem. One would think that this time would be filled with plenty of rest and relaxation for an NBA superstar preparing for another grueling 82-game season,Read more »

Seeing Wake Forest Through the Eyes of a Parent


Wake Forest has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I have always found it to be an incredibly special place. As the son of a football coach, then as a student, alumnus and eventually a staff member, I have seen and experienced Wake Forest from many perspectives.Read more »

Continued Momentum Leads to Strong Results


As the Athletic Department continues to build upon its momentum, 2017-18 proved to be another record-breaking year in a variety of areas. Not only were new fundraising records achieved, but it was also an incredible year in regard to athletic success. Between winning our second straight football bowl game, cheering on the men’s tennis teamRead more »

Investing in Our Future


Nearly ten years ago, Don Flow (MBA ’83) first approached the Athletic Department with a big idea. He envisioned Winston-Salem as an epicenter for world-class tennis at both the collegiate and professional levels. At that point, the tennis teams were competing on campus at the Leighton Tennis Stadium, which only had five courts. It quicklyRead more »

Celebrating a Class of Champions


The month of May is always a bittersweet time. While there are currently many exciting things happening—from the Deacon Club’s first-ever Deacs Day of Giving to the continued progress on the construction of the Sutton Sports Performance Center and Shah Basketball Complex—May also marks the point that we have to say goodbye to a classRead more »

The Impact of Your Support: Today, Tomorrow and Forever


While we all know that Wake Forest is an incredibly unique and special place, it is always amazing to hear new stories about the various ways in which people are positively impacted by their experiences with the University and our athletic programs. Whether it’s an alumnus, a parent, a donor or a fan, it seemsRead more »

4.8 Million LEDs, One Big Transformation


The 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball season has ushered in a dramatic change for our fans. This summer, the $4 million LED display transformation project was completed, featuring: an entirely new centerhung configuration with a 360 degree LED ring above the four main displays, 360 degree ribbon boards, LED scorer’s tables, vomitory LEDs, four cornerRead more »

The Power of Small Group Conversations


Over the past few years, small group events have become a growing trend within the Deacon Club and our membership population. Primarily member-hosted, we have seen events held in members’ homes, offices, country clubs and favorite restaurants, just to name a few. Proven to be multifaceted in the benefits they provide, it has been amazingRead more »

Tax Reform & Your Giving to the Deacon Club


As you may be aware, the recent passing of tax reform legislation will likely impact your charitable giving to the Deacon Club. Since these changes will not take effect until January 1, 2018, you may want to consider the following to obtain maximum benefits under current tax law: With new legislation changing tax rates and modifying the charitableRead more »

Celebrate the Deacs in the Postseason!


In 2010, the Wake Forest Athletic Department embarked on the most ambitious and successful fundraising campaign in its history. To date, the Wake Will campaign has generated more than $213 million in support of our student-athletes. Much of this impact can be seen firsthand on campus with the incredible facilities that have been completed orRead more »

Deacon Connectors: A New Initiative


For the past few weeks, our Deacon Club team has been reading “The Power of Who.” The central theme of this book is that, rather than searching far and wide for new contacts to help us succeed, we already know everyone we need to know to achieve our desired goals. This message alludes to theRead more »

Looking Ahead: Goals for the Remainder of the Wake Will Lead Campaign


In the blink of an eye, six years have passed and roughly $215 million has been raised for our deserving student-athletes since the start of the Wake Will campaign. Without the support of our loyal and passionate Deacon Club members, we would certainly not be where we are today, with 16 capital projects completed orRead more »