History & Purpose


Founded in 1956 by a group of area businessmen and dedicated Broncos, the Mike Gary Athletic Fund was established to provide direct financial support to the athletic programs of Western Michigan University. Now the official fundraising arm of the WMU Athletic Department, it is named in honor of long-time Athletics Director, Bronco Football Coach and WMU Hall of Fame inductee, Mr. Mitchell “Mike” Gary.


Over the past 50 years, dedicated and committed volunteers have donated their valuable time, talents and resources to support Bronco athletics through the Mike Gary Athletic Fund. The annual fundraising campaign to support scholarship costs, specific program needs and student-athlete recruiting is made up of over 40 volunteers who call on WMU alumni, community members and businesses to make charitable gifts on behalf of the Broncos. Gary Fund members give our student-athletes the opportunity to compete and learn at the highest level.