Dear Sycamore Fans,

 

We have had a busy offseason. The Sycamore Athletic Foundation has become the Sycamore Athletic Fund. We have narrowed our mission to exclusively supporting ISU Athletics and are working to raise the philanthropic awareness of our fans and alumni. For several years, the ISu Foundation has borne many of the costs associated with the SAF and Varsity Club membership benefits. As an organization we are focused on moving forward with a more sustainable funding model for the Varsity Club. In order to accomplish this, we have put in place changes that support the enhanced experiences that are available to our members.

 

-        The baseline level of Varsity Club membership has increased from $100 to $125 annually. Fans (12 and over) who enjoy Touchdown Corner at home ISU Football games will be asked to pay $5 for admission. Along with the exclusive field level view, members have access to buffet style game snacks.

 

-        A parking fee has been implemented for home Men’s Basketball games this season. Season parking passes will be available for $25 and game-by-game parking will be $5. Adding a parking fee offsets the cost of providing security and parking lot maintenance during home games.

 

-        Women’s Basketball season ticket holders in the lower bowl of Hulman Center will have a minimum seat donation of $25 per ticket.

 

-        All stats in the lower bowl for Men’s Basketball will now once again have a minimum seat sonation attached to them. The donation, starting at $125 per seat, automatically makes ticket holders in the lower bowl members of the Varsity club. All members are encouraged t take advantage of the varsity Club Room at halftime.

 

Why the changes? The answer is simple. As fans of Indiana State we are not content with mediocrity- we expect our Sycamore teams to be leaders in the Missouri valley conference and NCAA Division I Athletics. To make sure that our teams are successful, are winning championships and student-athletes earn degrees from our University, we must support our athletics program at a higher level. Collectively through the varsity Club, we can make a nominal adjustment to how we support our fabulous coaches and student-athletes. The changes described to the varsity Club membership for the 2013-14 season allow us to provide more than $100,000 of additional support for ISU Athletics.

 

Rest assured that your money is used frugally. For example, our Men’s Basketball team was singled out as one of the top ten programs in NCAA DI for efficiency rating results with dollars spent.

 

We are very cognizant that the changes may have our fans considering how they allocate their discretionary income. As a University, we are very grateful for every time you stand up and cheer for our teams wherever they compete; however, it is our goal to continue to narrow the gap among Indiana state and other MVC schools in philanthropic support for athletics. There is no doubt that our fans impact our success as their resources create more opportunities for excellence.

 

It is our hope that you will continue to support Sycamore Athletics as not only a fan, but also a booster. Your gift, along with the support of hundreds of other alumni and friends, is making a difference for Indiana State teams both in competition and the classroom. If you have any questions regarding the 2013-14 Varsity Club membership program or your support of Sycamore Athletics, please contact me directly at 812.514.8504 or philness@indstatefoundation.org. We look forward to a great year ahead.

 

Go Sycamores!

 

 

Phil Ness

Associate Vice President of Advancement for Athletics