EAGLE CLUB SCHOLARSHIP FUND 2014 MEMBERSHIP GUIDE

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: @________________________________
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DATE
NAME UNDER WHICH TICKETS WILL BE ORDERED
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NAME
RECOMMENDED TO EAGLE CLUB BY
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ADDRESS
PRIMARY MEMBER NAME OR BUSINESS
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CITY
PARKING PREFERENCE
STATE
ZIP
COUNTY
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PHONE
EAGLE CLUB ID (IF KNOWN)
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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 $_________
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CREDIT CARD #
EXP. DATE
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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!