EAGLE CLUB SCHOLARSHIP FUND 2014 MEMBERSHIP GUIDE A Message from the Director of Athletics, On behalf of the University of Southern Mississippi Athletics department and nearly 400 student-athletes, I would like to thank you for your support of the Eagle Club. Your decision to contribute to the Eagle Club is one of paramount importance, and your financial investment is vital to the success of our Golden Eagles. The Eagle Club was established in 1979 to assist Southern Miss Athletics by providing scholarship funding for our student-athletes. Since the Eagle Club’s inception, thousands have proudly worn the black and gold while pursuing a degree from Southern Miss. Reaching the goal of graduation for these young men and women has been made possible by the continuous support of dedicated alumni, fans and friends just like you. As the costs of education and competition continue to rise, the resources necessary to maintain and improve our programs continue to increase. Likewise, our need for private funding to assist the Athletics department in offsetting the costs of scholarships increases as well. We need your involvement now more than ever. I invite you to make an investment today that will impact the future of Southern Miss Athletics. Renew your annual membership in the Eagle Club and purchase season tickets. Consider increasing your annual contribution to the next giving level and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to support the Eagle Club as well. Together, we can help Southern Miss Athletics achieve academic and competitive excellence. The rise “to the top” begins today with your investment. Thank you again for your support of Southern Miss Athletics! SMTTT! Bill McGillis Director of Athletics WHY JOIN THE EAGLE CLUB? What is the Eagle Club? The Eagle Club Scholarship Fund is the fundraising division of the Southern Miss Athletics department, whose sole mission is to annually raise funds to provide nearly 400 student-athletes at Southern Miss with academic scholarships and educational support. All funds raised annually aid in offsetting these costs to the Southern Miss Athletics department. More than 2,700 dedicated alumni, friends and fans assist the Eagle Club in providing student-athletes the opportunity to pursue a college degree. Student-Athletes Need Your Support As a donor, you have an impact on each student-athlete at Southern Miss by helping to provide them a quality education and an opportunity to represent the Golden Eagles at the highest level. Student-athletes are true ambassadors of the university, and their hard work in competition and in the classroom is deserving of your support. Investing in the Eagle Club today builds the foundation for future Southern Miss Athletics programs and impacts student-athletes for years to come. A contribution at any level is greatly appreciated. How can you help? 1. Increase your annual gift by one giving level. 2. Recruit a new member to join the Eagle Club. 3. Join the Eagle Club for the first time. WAYS TO GIVE Cash Gifts Most gifts to the Eagle Club take this form. Cash, checks made payable to the USM Athletic Foundation, or credit cards (VISA, MasterCard or American Express) are accepted. Automatic Payment Plans Through bank draft or an automatic charge by credit card, annual gifts may be paid over a monthly, quarterly or semi-annual schedule. Setting up an automatic payment takes only a few minutes by calling 601.266.5299. Gifts in Kind “Thank you for your donation! Contributions to Southern Miss Athletics help give athletes like me scholarships to play the sport we love for a school we love even more. I am so privileged with this opportunity to play volleyball at Southern Miss – your donations made that possible.” -Elise Ames, Volleyball Donating needed goods and services is another way to build the strength of Southern Miss Athletics while offering the donor a tax deduction for the fair market value of the gift. Please consult your tax advisor concerning tax deductions. Southern Miss Employees University of Southern Mississippi employees are able to contribute their annual gifts through a monthly payroll deduction. All current Southern Miss employees will be credited 2:1 for every dollar donated to the Eagle Club Scholarship Fund. For example, a Southern Miss employee who donates $250 per year to the Eagle Club will receive the benefits of a $500 member. Company Matching Gifts Many companies will match gifts to the USM Athletic Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The initial gift, plus the matching portion, qualify the donor for benefits, priority seating and parking at the combined level and amount. Submit your company’s matching gift form with your 2014 contribution. Stocks and Securities Donors may eliminate paying capital gains tax and receive an income tax charitable deduction for gifts of long-term appreciated securities. Estate Planning Donations through will provisions, life insurance policies and other bequests are accepted. Estate gifts may be made by donating a designated amount, a real asset or making a residual bequest. Planned gifts may offer excellent tax advantages. Endowments and Memorial Gifts Honorary and memorial gifts are a fitting tribute to someone’s life and accomplishments. Families and friends can endow athletics scholarships to honor the memory of achievements of loved ones. Online Gifts Make a donation online, 24/7 by visiting www.southernmiss.com/eagle-club. The USM Athletic Foundation staff is available to visit with you about any of the above-mentioned options and to address any questions or concerns you may have. Please call us at 601.266.5299. PROPEL SOUTHERN MISS ATHLETICS TO THE NEXT LEVEL! Southern Miss student-athletes work tirelessly in the classroom, in practice and in competition to take Southern Miss Athletics to the next level. In order to provide the resources needed to achieve greatness, the Eagle Club raises funds through private contributions from donors across the country. However, costs of tuition, room and board, and equipment continually rise. The Eagle Club must grow consistently in order to relieve the Athletics department of these expenses. We rely on the Southern Miss faithful to provide funding for resources for our deserving student-athletes. To meet the ever-increasing expenses, and to propel us to the next level, there are three ways every fan can support the growth of Southern Miss Athletics: 1. Increase your Eagle Club annual gift by one giving level. Increasing your financial support reiterates your belief that a quality education is a sound investment. Additionally, you are encouraging growth in skills and talent that allow Southern Miss to rise to the top! 2. Recruit a new member to the Eagle Club. Current donors are our greatest resource for growth. We are confident you know at least one person who should support the home team. If each member recruits one new member, we could relieve the scholarship bill in its entirety. 3. Join the Eagle Club for the first time. Joining the Eagle Club for the first time (or after a lapse in giving) enables you to make a significant impact in the lives of nearly 400 student-athletes and the future of Southern Miss Athletics on a national level. We encourage you to support one of these next level initiatives through your 2014 Eagle Club gift. EAGLE CLUB MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS RECENT GRAD* $50 CAT 1 $125 CAT 2 $250 CAT 3 $500 CAT 4 $750 CAT 5 $1,000 CAT 6 $1,500 CAT 7 $2,500 CAT 8 $5,000 CAT 9 $10,000+ Priority Home Season Tickets (Football and Basketball)** 2 4 4 4 4 6 8 10 12 14 Priority Away-Game and Post-Season Tickets** 2 2 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 10 Football Parking Passes (with season ticket purchases) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2† 2† 2† Basketball Parking Passes (with season ticket purchases) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 BENEFIT Tax Deduction Eagle Club Decal Football Program Recognition Recognition Plaque (First Year Only) Plaque, Ring/Pendant (Circle Members Only) *Recent graduates in the last three academic years; eligible for this level for maximum of three years **Contributions to the Eagle Club provide contributors the right to purchase athletics tickets. Ticket purchases are in addition to annual contributions. †With the purchase of more than six season tickets FOOTBALL PARKING W. 7TH STREET 14A 14B 18A TICKET OFFICE 18 14 14 COLISEUM DRIVE EAGLE WALK 15A 15 12 N 12 6 11 3 STADIUM 12b JR. EAGLE FUNLAND SIDEWALK 16 GOLDEN EAGLE AVE. W. 4TH STREET 13 4 11A 5 19 9 10 17 31ST AVENUE 20 8 EAST MEMORIAL ROSS BLVD. 7 HARDY STREET PARKING LOTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. H W Y 4 9 Lot 3 Service Road Parking $1,500 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 4 Suite Parking Lot 5 Area Parking $1,500 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 6 Area Parking $1,500 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 7 Suite Parking Lot 13 Motor Home Parking $1,500 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 13 Area Parking (Cars) $350 Current Members Lot 14 Motor Home Parking $2,500 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 14 Area Parking (Cars) $1,500 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 14A Area Parking -Limited $250 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 19 Area Parking $125 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 20 Area Parking $500 Minimum Eagle Club Level Campus Green Space Lot 17 Area Parking General Public and Eagle Club Handicapped Lot 14B Area Parking $1,000 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 18 Area Parking $500 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 9 Area Parking $1,200 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 15 Numbered Parking $1,500 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 18A Area Parking Bus Parking Lot 10 Area Parking Handicapped and Senior Eagles Lot 15A Area Parking $1,500 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 12 Area Parking $1,100 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 11 Area Parking $750 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 16 Area Parking $350 Current Members Lot 12b Area Parking $1,100 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 8 Area Parking $2,000 Minimum Eagle Club Level Lot 11A Media Parking T A S B C D VISITORS Football Seating II E F I R H GG P QQ G P FF F O EE E N EC6 NN EC5 L M OO EC7 K N PP EC9 EC8 J FLOOR SEATS Q EC10 H Q RR R HH G HOME DD D EC4 M MM EC3 C CC - Eagle Club Seating L LL EC2 EC1 Lot 3 Area Parking $125 Minimum Eagle Club Level A 114 113 2 112 Section E Sections D, F, N (Lower DD, EE, FF Eagle’s Nest Only) Sections C, G, Touchdown Club, East Club Sections M, O, P, B, H (Upper DD, EE, FF) 5 42 4 42 3 42 2 42 421 420 ADDITIONAL FEE PER SEAT PURCHASED OVER EAGLE CLUB ALLOWANCE 419 418 417 416 415 414 MINIMUM EAGLE CLUB LEVEL 413 411 412 410 408 409 406 407 2 40 403 SECTION 31 0 31 1 308 1 30 302 40 0 40 1 303-307 404 1 111 0 3 JJ 115 31 30 W. 4TH STREET KK J 110 9 30 AA 2 Lot 2 Area Parking $500 Minimum Eagle Club Level K 405 Lot 1 Area Parking $1,000 Minimum Eagle Club Level B BB Basketball Parking COLISEUM DRIVE BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL SEATING AND PARKING Basketball Seating SUITES$1,500 $300 per seat $1,000 $225 per seat $250 - $750 $75 per seat (based on location) $125 $50 per seat EAGLE CLUB LIFELONG EXPERIENCE Seymour Sidekicks Seymour Sidekicks is a fun way to get your kids involved in Southern Miss Athletics. Designed for children ages 14 and younger, this is truly where a lifetime of being a Southern Miss fan begins! Benefits •Exclusive T-shirt •Access to Junior Eagle Funland (Football) •Free admission to women’s soccer, volleyball, softball and women’s basketball •Free admission to every Sunday baseball game •Free admission to select men’s basketball games Student Eagle Club The Student Eagle Club is the largest student organization on campus with more than 3,700 members. The primary focus of the Student Eagle Club is to get students excited and committed to supporting and promoting all Southern Miss Athletics programs. Benefits •Exclusive T-shirt •Preferred seating at football games •Tailgate parties •Behind-the-scenes tours •Priority tickets to post-season games •Discounts at many local businesses •Much more! Recent Graduate Program The Recent Graduate Program is designed to keep our young graduates (within three years) involved in Golden Eagle Athletics as they venture out into the work place. This program enables young graduates to maintain full membership in the Eagle Club with benefits for only $50! Additionally, Recent graduates have access to deeply discounted tickets so attending games and staying connected to Southern Miss can be even easier. “Being able to contribute to my academic career by furthering my athletic career to the collegiate level is one of the most beneficial experiences I’ve ever had. That is what individuals like you make possible for student-athletes like me. Words can never capture how grateful I am for your contributions to this university.” -Alex Doleac, Men’s Tennis PREMIUM SEATING OPTIONS M.M. Roberts Stadium Image courtesy of Matt Bush Photography Luxury Suites Club Seating In 2008, 34 luxury suites were constructed in the South End Zone of M.M. Roberts Stadium. Suite ownership includes all Southern Miss football games and provides the ability to purchase suite tickets to nonfootball events. Additionally, suite owners are allowed to use their suite twice a year for events of their choice such as Super Bowl parties, birthday parties or holiday parties. Suites are not available on a gameby-game basis. There are two club seating areas inside M.M. Roberts Stadium available to fans on an annual basis: • In the Giannini Touchdown Terrace, fans can enjoy private concessions and bathrooms, covered outdoor seating and an indoor area with more than 10 televisions to watch the game. • The East Club is a large corridor with buffet-style food and drink that connects to indoor and outdoor seating. Pete Taylor Park Reed Green Coliseum Luxury Suites Courtside Seating Suite owners can watch the games in comfort from one of 12 luxury suites at Pete Taylor Park. Suites offer amenities such as indoor and outdoor seating, upholstered furniture and televisions as well as great benefits like parking passes. Suites are not available on a game-by-game basis. Courtside seating is the perfect option for fans who want to be a part of the action! Seats are located on the floor level, available on either side of the court. Ticket priority is based on Eagle Club level. For more information on our premium seating options, contact Brian Morrison at 601.266.5055 or [email protected] CIRCLE OF CHAMPIONS The Circle of Champions is comprised of an elite group of individuals and businesses from around the country who share a common bond – a love for Golden Eagle Athletics and the university. The Circle of Champions is The University of Southern Mississippi’s group of toptier athletics donors, who strive for excellence within the university’s athletics programs. These individuals and businesses exemplify their love and dedication to Southern Miss by making a significant financial contribution to the program. Since 1999, the program has raised more than $70 million toward scholarship endowments and other significant facility improvements to M.M. Roberts Stadium/ Carlisle-Faulkner Field, Reed Green Coliseum, Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field, new tennis courts, new Softball Complex and Stadium, and many other smallerscale facility upgrades. Benefits include the following: • Special recognition • First priority to purchase premium and suite luxury seating (when available) • Two (2) football game day parking passes • Invitations to VIP receptions and special away-game events/socials • Membership in the university’s Honor Club • First priority to purchase premium away-game tickets or post-season athletics events • Many more! For more information regarding the Circle of Champions program, please contact Brian Morrison at 601.266.5055 or [email protected] “It means everything to me to represent Southern Miss as an athlete, and I will do my part to help Southern Miss ‘Rise to The Top’ as one. To Eagle Club donors – thank you very much! I appreciate your incredible kindness and am very grateful for this opportunity to be here.” -Brittanny Dinkins, Women’s Basketball EAGLE CLUB CONTACT LIST Chad Foote – Executive Director of the Eagle Club 601.266.5346 or [email protected] @cfoote71 Brian Morrison – Associate Athletics Director, Major Gifts 601.266.5055 or [email protected] Sarah McCance – Assistant Director, Eagle Club 601.266.6301 or [email protected] Vickey Delancey – Office Manager 601.266.6649 or [email protected] Emily Dykes – Administrative Assistant 601.266.5299 or [email protected] CONNECT WITH US! Facebook: Southern Miss Eagle Club Twitter: @USMEagleClub @USMGoldenEagles EAGLE CLUB MEMBERSHIP FORM TWITTER USERNAME: @________________________________ _______________ ______________________________________________ DATE NAME UNDER WHICH TICKETS WILL BE ORDERED ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ NAME RECOMMENDED TO EAGLE CLUB BY ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ ADDRESS PRIMARY MEMBER NAME OR BUSINESS ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ CITY PARKING PREFERENCE STATE ZIP COUNTY ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ PHONE EAGLE CLUB ID (IF KNOWN) ______________________________________________ EMAIL I AM A SOUTHERN MISS FACULTY OR STAFF MEMBER. I WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE THE EAGLE CLUB DAILY EMAILS. METHOD OF PAYMENT CASH CHECK CREDIT CARD (VISA/MC/AMEX) BANK DRAFT (INCLUDE VOIDED CHECK) PAYROLL DEDUCTION (SOUTHERN MISS EMPLOYEES ONLY) PLEDGED PAYMENTS (MONTHLY ONLINE PAYMENTS) I would like to meet with an Eagle Club representative to talk about an endowment, a planned gift, a facility gift or estate planning. EAGLE CLUB LEVEL (CHOOSE ONE.) $125 $750 $2,500 $250 $1,000 $5,000 $500 $1,500 $10,000+ TOTAL AMOUNT DUE $_________ __________________________________________________________________ CREDIT CARD # EXP. DATE __________________________________________________________________ CARDHOLDER’S SIGNATURE ALL PAYMENTS SHOULD BE MADE PRIOR TO MAY 31. aa/eoe/adai uc 69639.5017 2.14 FROM NEARLY 400 STUDENT-ATHLETES AND THE SOUTHERN MISS ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT— THANK YOU!
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