The support we receive from our donors is, in a word, transformational. In less than one calendar year, we will have cut the ribbon on six new facilities. The Jim D. Morris Basketball Complex, a project that was privately funded, was completed in December 2013. The Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center, again privately funded, will open in early September. And a combination of donor support and the passing of the B.E.A.R. Fee by our students will bring about four new athletic/recreational facilities: a renovated Plasters Sports Complex, a new soccer/track and
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field stadium, new sand volleyball courts and a new field hockey/
lacrosse complex. These new facilities are very exciting. But
your contributions to The Bears Fund on an annual basis continue to be the backbone of our support. Please join me in becoming a member of The Bears Fund, and consider joining the 110% Club, detailed on page 6. Thank you so much, and Go Bears!
Kyle Moats | Director of Athletics
The scoreboard only tells a small part of the story. It’s just numbers — hard-fought numbers, but still just numbers. It’s not: The CRACK of the bat against the ball The SWISH as the shot goes in The CRASH as the football pads collide The SPLASH as the diver executes The PING as the golfer connects The WHOOSH as the runners sprint past The SMACK as the volleyball is spiked The SLAP as sticks battle in field hockey The THUMP as the soccer ball is sent flying
The scoreboard can’t show you the sweat. The players’ adrenaline. The coaches’ expressions. The fans’ elation when the Bears emerge victorious.
The EXPERIENCE. This is why we love the Bears!
The scoreboard is just showing you numbers you can track down anywhere after the game. But being there to see it live? Well, that gives you the EXPERIENCE. And when our players are on fire, our crowd is behind them and those hard-fought numbers end up in our favor — that turns the EXPERIENCE into MAGIC.
The Bears Fund: Pushing us to the next level The Bears Fund is the annual fundraising program for men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics at Missouri State. When you give, you make a real difference in the lives of our student-athletes. These contributions help MSU pay for recruitment efforts, tuition, room and board, fees, books, scholarships and other athletics or educational programs. You are making the Bears experience possible — and better. The BEARS in The Bears Fund stands for Building Excellence in Athletics through Recruiting and Scholarships!
Bears Fund contributions benefit all 17 NCAA sports programs at Missouri State and enhance the collegiate experience of our nearly 400 student-athletes.
• Baseball • Basketball (M, W) • Cross-Country (W) • Diving (W) • Field Hockey • Football • Golf (M, W)
• Soccer (M, W) • Softball • Swimming (M, W) • Track and Field (W) • Tennis (W) • Volleyball
Bears and Lady Bears basketball fans whose season tickets are in certain areas of JQH Arena pay a seat assessment to sit in those areas. These seat assessments are tax-deductible donations* and are considered contributions to The Bears Fund. All donations to The Bears Fund are added together to determine at what level you are a member of The Bears Fund. The Bears Fund membership levels, and an explanation of benefits, are shown on page five. * Bears Fund seat assessments contributions are tax-deductible at 80 percent. Outright gifts are 100 percent tax-deductible.
THE Bears Fund: Giving levels and benefits A portion of each Bears Fund gift is tax-deductible. Bears Fund members at all levels receive:
Determine your Bears Fund level! John and Mary Bearsfan have two tickets in the $500 seat assessed area for men’s basketball. They have two tickets in the $300 seat assessed area for women’s basketball. They also make an outright philanthropic gift of $1,000 and designate that gift to volleyball. Their total Bears Fund giving level would be $2,600. They would be members of The Bears Fund at the Champions Club level and would receive all membership benefits associated with that level. They have also joined the new 110% Club (detailed on page 6) of the brochure and thus have committed an additional gift of $260.
Example: Mary and John Bearfans Sport
110% Club: $ 260 Total Gift: $2,860
• Recognition on the website and in game programs; • Priority points based on amount of gift; • Bears window sticker; • Team schedule cards; • Exclusive email updates; • Donor card with discounts to partner businesses; and • 10 percent discount at the MSU Bookstore. We appreciate you! All donations contribute to the amazing experiences had by all Missouri State student-athletes!
Cub Club | $50+ Bruin Club | $150+ Also includes the opportunity to purchase football season tickets in chairback seating section. Silver Bears Club | $300+ Also includes priority parking at football and priority parking in the “H” lot at men’s and women’s basketball. Gold Bears Club | $600+ Now includes complimentary admission for two to regular season volleyball, soccer and softball games and priority parking in the “Q” lot at women’s basketball. Diamond Bears Club | $1,000+ Also includes priority parking in the “Q” lot at men’s basketball, as well as early notifications about concerts and special events with opportunities to purchase tickets early for some events. Champions Club | $2,000+ Also includes opportunity for two seats on the Bears Fund bus to a road football or basketball game (date and opponent to be determined). All-American Club | $4,000+ Now includes opportunity for four seats on the Bears Fund bus. Hall of Fame Club | $10,000+ Now includes priority parking in the “J” lot at basketball. AD’s Circle | $20,000+
Specialized funds, donation methods and more 110% Club The 110% Club is our newest program, designed to reward Bears Fund members who go above and beyond the call of duty. Just like the student-athlete who puts in extra work after practice, members of the 110% Club go the extra mile for MSU athletics. Any Bears Fund member who checks a box on his or her pledge form stating he or she wants to give 10 percent beyond their donation will be enrolled in the club. Benefits of the 110% Club include: • Bonus priority points (based on giving level) • Commemorative 110% Club lapel pin and window sticker
• Invitation to 110% Club member appreciation reception • Entered into drawings for unique Bears athletics experiences, such as: ° Courtside seats to Bears and Lady Bears Basketball ° “J” parking pass for Bears and Lady Bears Basketball ° Suite access to MSU football and basketball ° Arch Madness tickets … and more. For more information: 417-836-4143 www.missouristatebears.com
Bears Assisting Youth (BAY)
Priority Points system
Young Bears Fund
This program provides opportunities for Ozarksarea youths and community groups to attend Missouri State athletics events for free! BAY is supported entirely by the charitable efforts of private donors and corporate sponsors. For more information, call 417-836-8899.
“Priority Points” are awarded to supporters based on several criteria. Points will be updated annually and will determine the selection order for seating upgrades, purchasing of postseason and tournament tickets, away-game ticket availability and more.
The Young Bears Fund was established to encourage new generations of Bears and Lady Bears fans to join The Bears Fund. To be eligible, you must be 30 years of age or younger.
Methods of giving
Gifts to the athletics program typically are cash gifts. However, contributions of personal property, goods or services, real estate or appreciated securities can result in substantial support for Missouri State athletics. We are happy to discuss any contribution you might like to make!
Referrals are critical in recruiting new Bears Fund members and season ticket holders. The Recruit-a-Bear program rewards existing Bears Fund members who recruit new members. This year’s Recruit-a-Bear program will run through Oct. 31, 2014. Those who recruit new members will be entered into drawings for unique Bears athletics experiences.
Benefits of the Young Bears Fund: • Experience all the benefits of being a member of The Bears Fund • 50 percent discount on Bears Fund contributions for seat assessments • 25 percent discount on all season tickets (limit 2 season tickets per applicant) • 50 percent discount for membership in the Prime Overtime Club
Annual seat assessments JJ
Light purple — $2,500 per seat Young Bears Fund* $1,250 per seat (courtside or loge)
II ROW 1 IS TV STAND AREA
Peach — $2,000 per seat Young Bears Fund* $1,000 per seat
Light blue — $1,000 per seat Young Bears Fund* $500 per seat
LOWER LEVEL STUDENTS
Yellow — $300 per seat Young Bears Fund* $150 per seat PRIME OVERTIME CLUB
White — No seat assessment Maroon — Student seating Gray — Media seating
Red — $500 per seat Young Bears Fund* $250 per seat
Olive green — Visiting-team seating Mint green — Wheelchair-accessible seating
Sections B, D, K and M — $300 per seat Sections C and L — $ 500 per seat Sections CC, DD, EE, JJ and LL — no seat assessments * Please see page 7 for information about the Young Bears Fund. Young Bears Fund members also receive a 25 percent reduction in the price of season tickets.
Annual seat assessments JJ
Red — $500 per seat Young Bears Fund* $250 per seat (courtside or loge)
II ROW 1 IS TV STAND AREA
Yellow — $300 per seat Young Bears Fund* $150 per seat
White — No seat assessment SUITES
Maroon — Student seating MEDIA
LOWER LEVEL STUDENTS
Olive green — Visiting-team seating Mint green — Wheelchair-accessible seating PRIME OVERTIME CLUB
Sections B, C and L — $150 per seat Sections D, K, M, CC, DD, EE, JJ and LL — no seat assessments No upper-bowl seatings are available other than designated handicapped sections.
Gray — Media seating
* Please see page 7 for information about the Young Bears Fund. Young Bears Fund members also receive a 25 percent reduction in the price of season tickets.
JQH ARENA PARKING MAP Parking access, based on contribution level You must be a season-ticket holder to receive parking passes. If you are a season-ticket holder in a nonassessed area, you can also receive preferred parking access by making a Bears Fund contribution to your desired level. Giving levels
Silver Bears $300
Gold Bears $600
Diamond Bears $1,000
Champions Club $2,000
All-American Club $4,000
Hall of Fame Club $10,000
ADâ€™s Circle $20,000
In the next few pages, you’ll see the stories of student-athletes who are pursuing their dreams of college degrees while making our University proud with their athletic performances. For them, the experience consists of both the competition and the classroom: The Bears Fund helps us provide an education for more than 400 student-athletes. They are getting access to the highest-quality education, facilities, equipment and physical training we can provide, thanks to you.
You’ll read about two avid Bears fans who left southwest Missouri but returned a few years ago from California after retiring. They are season ticket holders in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball and travel to as many road games and conference tournaments as possible.
Lastly, you’ll see the story of the winningest coach in University history: Holly Hesse, of the softball program. To her, the experience means a deeply rewarding career, the chance to instill the University’s public affairs mission in her student-athletes and the opportunity to watch them succeed throughout their lives.
How long have you been playing basketball? I started the summer before 8th grade. It actually was my mom’s idea. She put me in a basketball league because I was a little too prissy and she wanted to toughen me up! Do you feel like you’re too prissy now? No; I got tougher, so that’s good!
Sport: Women’s basketball Position: Forward
What are your favorite things about Missouri State? I love our fans. There are not too many women’s teams across the country that have fans like we do, who are committed to us and committed to being at the games, so that’s awesome! And our arena is fabulous. I definitely think we have the best women’s basketball arena in the conference, by far. How have the professors at Missouri State shown that they care if you succeed? I’ve developed a lot of relationships with professors. They always say hi to me, even if I don’t have classes with them anymore. I have a younger sister who’s in the same major now, and they always are like, “Oh, you’re Bry’s little sister!” and Tyonna jokes, “I might get a good grade just because these teachers like you so much!” What’s your favorite thing to do on campus for fun? I really like the bowling alley in the PSU!
Number: 21 Hometown: Blue Springs, Mo. Major: Recreation, Sport and Park Administration Career goal: Coaching or athletic administration at collegiate level Fun family fact: Her only sibling, younger sister Tyonna Snow, is a Lady Bear guard
What message would you most like to give to Bears Fund supporters? Every athlete here would like to thank them — because without them, there is no us. We wouldn’t have an athletic department without the scholarships and the facilities and everything that’s put into it. Lots of children dream about going to college, and without people like you who help us, that dream just doesn’t have the chance to grow and become a reality. We all say thank you.
What is the game or the moment of a game that you will always remember? I would have to say when we played Mizzou at home this year. Going into the game we were the underdogs; nobody expected us to get a win. I have a couple of friends on the Mizzou team and they were kind of giving us a hard time. They rocked us pretty well at their place last year, and coming into it they were more than confident. I think our team just really showed up and came to play, and we had so much energy on the bench and from the fans that game. We won and that’s something I won’t forget. What are your plans for after graduation? I want to apply for graduate assistant positions within women’s basketball programs so that I can start on my master’s degree studies, maybe in a business field. Who has been your biggest role model during your time as a Lady Bear and why? My mom. She sits in the same spot every single game, yelling, ranting and raving. She even cheered for me when I got a foul — like, why are you cheering for that?! She’s definitely a huge supporter. She comes to all the home games and most of the road games. She has countless sweat suits that say Lady Bears Basketball with my name on the back, like I’m still in fifth grade. I just love that she’s always there supporting me and my sister.
How long have you been playing football? Since first grade. I love every aspect about it: The team concept, getting to be physical and aggressive; it’s all just awesome. When did you first hear of the Missouri State Bears? A looong time ago. I used to come to games when I was a little kid because I grew up near here. They offered me a football scholarship, so I have been playing here since my freshman year. How has being a student athlete been a positive factor in your life? It builds leadership characteristics. You have people looking up to you, respecting you. It also builds work ethic, since you have to balance athletics with school and social life. It helps you appreciate hard work in general, which is something I take pride in, whether it’s school or something physical. What is the game you will always remember? I’ll always remember Arkansas my freshman year in 2011 because that was the first game I’d played in college, and it was against the Razorbacks. (After one play) about 56,000 people were booing me, and I turned around and I was on the jumbo screen. I was like, “Yep, welcome to college!”
Sport: Football Position: Strong safety Number: 34 Hometown: Fair Grove, Mo. Major: Wildlife Management and Conservation Career goal: Law enforcement (police department, state trooper or military)
What message would you most like to give to Bears Fund supporters? I would just like to say thank you, first off. I am on a scholarship and it’s a blessing. Financial aid makes student-athletes see how lucky we are, and feel that we are at a place where we are taken care of. With all of the things student-athletes worry about, with athletics and with school, I don’t have to go home at night worrying how I am going to pay for my education, my housing or my meal. That’s one stress eliminated from my life, and it’s a huge stress, especially for college students. It’s a huge blessing that I know we don’t take for granted.
You help in a community program called Healthy Heroes. What is that? It’s a after-school program at the Boys & Girls Club. The women’s field hockey team first got involved in it, and they invited some of the football players to go. We talk to the children about what it means to live a healthy lifestyle, whether it’s eating healthy or being physically active, and after that we play games with them. What is your overall favorite thing about Missouri State? I like the people here. I’ve made a lot of really good friends. I also enjoy my teachers in the agriculture department. I have built a good relationship with them, since ag’s a small department and they are good professors. They are personable; they go out of their way to get to know you. How did you choose your major? I’m not an office person! I have to be out doing something, interacting with people. My dad owns a barbershop but he farms on the side, so I grew up in the outdoors environment. I enjoy the outdoors, and I like biology and science. They just kind of all fit together. I enjoy my major but I know I want to go into law enforcement next.
Hometown: Springfield Careers: Kay is retired from real estate sales and administrative roles; Steve is retired from sales and marketing in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry Fun family facts: Kay attended MSU from 1965-67, and her two sisters were on campus in the 1950s. Steve has a handful of cousins who are alumni, and Kay has nieces and nephews who attended. One of Kay’s nephews and his wife were both MSU cheerleaders who graduated around 2000. You both went to Verona High School. Did you date at the time? K: We began dating when I was 16 and he was 18. We have been together ever since. I went to MSU until 1967, when we got married. S: That’s why she left school — to marry me. (Joking): She had heard I had a lot of money. She was wrong! (Both laugh.) Neither of you officially graduated from here but you are so loyal to the school. How did that happen? S: Growing up in the ’60s here, everybody knew about what was then “SMS.” Verona’s track team used to come here to the football field for conference meets every year. I always had an attachment to MSU. I had a couple of buddies go to a university in Kansas, and that’s why I ended up going there. If I had to do it over again, I probably should have just stayed here in Missouri and not paid out-of-state tuition! And now we have so many friends and family who have attended.
What message would you give others to encourage them to support the Bears Fund? Kay: I want my community to be academically inspired! MSU gives students a quality education. Supporting the Bears Fund gives students who may be athletically inclined, but who do not have the means, a chance to go to a great school. Steve: We are glad to support a fund that can help MSU attract students who are not only good athletes, but also talented academically. We’re talking about the future of our country. We appreciate the fact that, hopefully, today’s student-athletes will be future world leaders.
K: I grew up as a basketball fan, because my father was a real basketball fan. So of course we always supported this university. I went to school here, and I think it’s a great school. We followed men’s and women’s athletics from afar, even when we lived in California and Kansas City. S: When we moved back from California around 2006, our neighbors had season tickets to men’s basketball and asked us to come. We immediately fell in love with it. Which games do you attend most often? S: We have season tickets to men’s and women’s basketball, and we go to football. We don’t get to baseball as often as we want, but when we do, I think: “What a beautiful facility.” Hammons has got to be the best stadium in the conference. Kay, you are in the Fast Break Club, which supports the Lady Bears. Why do you enjoy attending the members-only breakfasts and other events? K: It’s really interesting to get an insight into everything that goes on with the players, the coaches and the school leadership. It’s not just playing basketball. There’s an academic side and lessons about how they present themselves professionally. I’ve been really impressed by the players; it just seems like they are all really good kids.
Steve, you help with the Auction Benefitting Athletics, asking local businesses to contribute items. Why do you like volunteering for this event? S: It’s amazing when you go to these places how receptive they are when they find out you are volunteering for Missouri State. It makes you proud to be associated with the University. And it goes to show you don’t have to be involved just monetarily. There are assorted ways to help the University and get that warm and fuzzy feeling! When you participate, you realize just how much fun it is, and how self-rewarding it is, and how much it helps the University. What are some of your favorite moments watching the Bears? S: Cuonzo’s last year, when we beat Wichita State here and the students filled the floor. It was quite a celebration. Paper was coming down from the rafters. You’ll never forget that. K: That’s why we like to BE there instead of listen or watch from somewhere else — you are in the game, and you can see the players’ emotions, the coaches’ emotions. I love it when the students and the crowd are into it. S: Every game we’ve ever been to in person, you see the players give 110 percent. You like that, and you support that, and you want everybody to support that. Sometimes I think people don’t realize how fortunate we are to be a Division I school and have a well-known history of great teams. Over the years, it’s been great for this town. It put this town on the map, sports-wise.
Title: Head softball coach Years coaching at Missouri State: 26 Degrees: Bachelor’s in physical education, 1982, Creighton University; master’s in sports management, 1984, University of Massachusetts Professional involvement: NCAA Women Coaches Academy faculty; board of directors for the Alliance of Women Coaches; president of WIN (Women’s Intersport Network) for Springfield What’s your favorite thing about coaching softball at MSU? Being around the student athletes — certainly, that is the best part of my day. I love their energy, enthusiasm and the joy and passion they bring to the sport. And when it’s 72 and sunny, I love being outside! The reason I have stayed here for 26 years is that I absolutely love Missouri State. I love our public affairs mission — I love community service, and that is something we really work to instill in our student-athletes as well. You’re currently the winningest coach in MSU history. What are some of the factors behind your success? Well, part of that is that I have been here a long time! Another part of it is my great staff: I really have experienced, knowledgeable coaches. And the third part is exceptional student-athletes throughout the years.
You have given generously to The Bears Fund each year for more than 20 years. Why is it important to you to give, even though you work for the University? I strongly believe I should be the first person standing in line to support my own program. I believe in what sports do for student-athletes. I was fortunate enough to be a student-athlete myself and I know the opportunities it created for me. I think supporting young people and their growth through sports is such a worthwhile cause.
What lessons do you think student-athletes learn due to their participation in sports? They learn how to take care of themselves — if you’re going to be an athlete in training, you have to pay attention to your nutrition, to your sleep, to your exercise. So, health is a huge benefit. They learn leadership skills — how to lead themselves, how to lead others. They learn teamwork skills — how to work with others, how to communicate with others, how to resolve conflict so that it can strengthen instead of weaken teams. They learn how to be a team player. They learn how to not just be the star, but to support other people in their roles. They learn hard work and discipline. They learn attitude and mental toughness. All of those things will help them as they move on in life.
What do you think is the future of athletics overall at Missouri State? I think our future is very bright. We have great leadership and really strong coaches. I think Missouri State offers a great education, so it’s easy to recruit student-athletes to this University. Do you have a favorite saying or motivational speech that former players who are reading this might remember? Something we’ve talked about in our program is “play with care,” but care is spelled C.A.R.E.E. and stands for Class, Attitude, Respect, Effort and Energy. They would remember me talking about that!
What changes have you seen in women’s athletics in the 26 years you have been here? The success of the Lady Bears in the late 1980s and early 1990s, what Cheryl Burnett and Mary Jo Wynn were able to do — wow, that really kick-started something special for women’s athletics at Missouri State. The success, visibility and fan loyalty from that era helped all the sports. We are also continuing to see the positive results of Title IX. The strength of our women’s teams is consistent and we compete at a very high level in a broad spectrum of sports. We all continue to build on the success we have had.
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Published on Apr 16, 2014
Published on Apr 16, 2014
Information brochure for MSU Bears Fund Donors. Giving them details for contribution opportunities and seat assessments for season tickets.