The POSSE was formed in 1964 by five OSU graduates with the premise of helping persuade young football talent to attend OSU. The first meeting was held in 1964 at Whit’s Café in Oklahoma City. The five decided on the name “The Posse Club” and elected officers. They began having meetings and charging dues to increase membership and raise money. The “Deputy” was the president, while the officers and board of directors were the “Sheriffs.”
When former Cowboy coach and wrestling great Myron Roderick became the Oklahoma State Athletic Director, the Posse organization was recognized as a means for fundraising for all sports and became an official part of the Athletic Department. Later, an acronym was created from the letters in the word POSSE: Providing Opportunities for Scholastic and Sports Excellence. This clever credo encompasses the organization’s goals of helping the Cowboys and Cowgirls compete at the highest level, both on the field and in the classroom.
Now over 50 years later, the OSU POSSE is more than 7,000 members strong. Several of the original members remain loyal season ticket holders and strong donors to the organization they pioneered.
Since its inception, the POSSE (Providing Opportunities for Scholastic and Sports Excellence) has been the home of Oklahoma State University’s most loyal and devoted fans. Entirely self-supporting, the OSU Athletic Department receives no state funds. As the cost of higher education and maintaining a successful athletic program continues to escalate, sustained private contributions are critical. Funds raised by the POSSE support over 450 Cowboy and Cowgirl student-athletes through scholarships (including tuition, fees, room, board and books) on an annual basis. Donations to the POSSE also supplement general operating costs, maintenance and upkeep of facilities and budget support for individual sports. With OSU Athletics relying primarily on revenue from donations, donor seating and ticket sales to meet budget needs, the POSSE is the lifeblood of the program. Members have a choice of varying donation levels (beginning with $150 annually) and may qualify for multiple benefits such as gameday parking, premium seating and eligibility for post-season tickets.
OSU ATHLETICS MISSION
It is the mission of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Oklahoma State University to provide student-athletes with excellent opportunities to compete and win at the highest of levels of college sports; to prepare student-athletics for lifelong contributions to society; to embrace equality, educational opportunity and diversity; to operate with fiscal integrity and compliance with NCAA, Big 12 Conference, and University guidelines; and to be a positive influence on the reputation and purposes of Oklahoma State University.