Grand Initiative Extended Until End Of December

Blazer Boosters has extended its Grand Initiative membership drive.

Oct. 2, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- UAB Athletics and Blazer Boosters have extended the Grand Initiative membership drive through the end of the giving year, December 31st, 2012.

The Grand Initiative has increased awareness about the importance of investing in UAB Athletics and how all memberships directly support student-athlete scholarships.

When the Grand Initiative was launched last September, there were 567 active members of Blazer Boosters. Through September 30th, 2012, the Blazer Boosters membership stood at 784, an increase of 38 percent. Supporters can keep up with the progress of the Grand Initiative by viewing the Flame Tracker.

"We appreciate the investment that our donors are making to support the student-athlete experience," said Coleman Barnes, Associate Athletics Director for Development. "This investment is not only subsidizing the escalating costs of scholarships, but also assisting with the increased level of success that UAB student-athletes continue to have in the classroom and in the competitive venues."

Memberships start at $100 and payment plans are available. Benefits may include the best seats and hospitality areas at Legion Field and Bartow Arena, priority parking opportunities, invitations to special events, and supporting the future leaders of our community.

"This year alone, we have welcomed 247 new Blazer Boosters members," Barnes said. "The renewal rate, however, currently stands just below 75%. We encourage everyone to `Play Your Part' in helping us secure additional resources to provide the best academic and athletics experience possible for UAB student-athletes. By accomplishing this, we will continue to build on the momentum that surrounds our athletics program."

Be sure to check out the latest Blazer Boosters "Be the Difference" Video. For more information about supporting the Grand Initiative and UAB student-athletes, please contact Blazer Boosters at (205) 996-9969 or visit

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