UAB Athletics, Blazer Boosters Launch 'Grand Initiative'

UABSPORTS.COM The Blazer Boosters program is striving to reach 1,000 donors.
The Blazer Boosters program is striving to reach 1,000 donors.

Sept. 1, 2011

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- UAB Athletics and Blazer Boosters have launched the "Grand Initiative," a membership drive to increase the donor base from 567 to 1,000 by September 30, 2012.

For the 2011-12 academic year, in-state scholarships are projected to be more than $16,000 each while out-of-state scholarships will approach $24,000, resulting in $6.2 million in scholarship costs for UAB Athletics. As these costs continue to rise, it is imperative that philanthropic revenues increase to support UAB student-athletes at the highest level.

"The Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan area has more than one million residents, many of whom have a connection to UAB," said Coleman Barnes, Associate Athletics Director for Development. "Participating in the Grand Initiative through a Blazer Boosters membership will enhance the student-athlete experience and provide more opportunities for our teams to compete for championships."

A membership to Blazer Boosters begins at only $100 and payment plans are available. There are different programs associated with Blazer Boosters that qualify one as a member. These programs include:

Scholarship Excellence Fund - opportunity to support UAB student-athlete scholarships with a philanthropic donation

Blazer Club - opportunity to support UAB student-athlete scholarships with a donation that may provide priority seating for football and/or men's basketball

Blazer Women's Athletic Society - opportunity to serve as positive role models while supporting UAB female student-athlete scholarships

B Club - opportunity for former Blazer letterwinners to stay connected to the athletics program while supporting UAB student-athlete scholarships

Champion Club - members provide the philanthropic leadership for the department and fully fund an in-state scholarship

There are a number of great incentives for new members and donors who make successful referrals before September 30, 2011. CLICK HERE to see a list of these incentives.

As the largest single employer in the state, UAB remains the economic engine of Alabama with an annual impact of $4.6 billion. For every dollar that is invested by the state, UAB returns $16.23.

"UAB Athletics provides quality, affordable entertainment right in the heart of the Magic City," said Barnes. "We need the community to rally behind the program and support these student-athletes, many of whom will be our future leaders. The Grand Initiative is a great way to get involved and 'Be the Difference.'"

Join the Grand Initiative today and support UAB student-athletes by calling the Blazer Boosters office at 205-996-9969 or CLICK HERE to donate online.

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