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M E M B E R S H I P

G U I D E

Stand PrOUd. Stand Behind OHIO.


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WHERE DO OHIO BOBCAT CLUB MEMBERS COME FROM?

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Ohio Athletics has a national reach that goes far beyond the borders of Ohio. It is the goal of the Ohio Bobcat Club to get Bobcat fans across the country to be a part of Ohio Athletics regardless of their location. With memberships starting at just $75 and flexible payment plans available, every Bobcat fan has the opportunity to become a member and be an ambassador for our great program.

WHERE DOES THE OHIO BOBCAT CLUB RANK IN THE MAC?

MAC RANKINGS

Ohio Athletics ranks among the nation’s elite in football and men’s basketball with four straight years of postseason appearances a piece. However, Ohio falls in the middle of the pack as compared to our MAC peers in number of

NUMBER OF ANNUAL DOLLARS RAISED PER UNIVERSITY

athletic donors and number of unrestricted annual fund dollars raised. $700,000 $600,000

COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE:

IT TAKES PEOPLE TO BUILD

In recent years, Ohio Athletics has

A PROGRAM:

$500,000

made historical strides on and off

Despite the tremendous support

$400,000

the playing field and has established

that Ohio has received from Bobcat

$300,000

itself amongst the nation’s premier

Nation, we trail a number of confer-

programs. With this recent success

ence institutions in private support

has also come a rise in the costs

for athletics. We need to grow our

associated with competing at a high

membership within the Ohio Bobcat

level. The generosity of Ohio Bobcat

Club to ensure Ohio Athletics

Club members has helped to offset

remains atop the MAC.

those increases, yet Ohio Athletics lags behind many in our conference

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in terms of dollars raised towards its’

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athletic programs.

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The numbers represented in these graphs to the right were taken from a MAC

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Development Survey conducted in the Fall/Winter of 2013-14. Please note that not all conference members were able to participate.

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WHY GIVE TO THE OHIO BOBCAT CLUB? The Ohio Bobcat Club is the official fundraising organization of Ohio Athletics, and its purpose is to provide the resources to our student-athletes, teams, and coaches so they can succeed academically and athletically.

DID YOU KNOW

231 The Spring of 2013 had the most number of Ohio StudentAthletes above a 3.0

64%

In the Fall of 2013, over half of the Ohio Student-Athletes had a GPA greater than 3.0

3.0+ Ohio Athletic Department Cumulative GPA has been over 3.0 for 4 straight years

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BENEFITS OF GIVING Ohio Bobcat Club benefits are available for donations made directly to the Ohio Bobcat Club Annual Fund. Donations made to specific sports or capital projects (for example: Football Next Level Project) generate priority points

$10,000+

BOBCAT LEGEND

$5,500 - $9,999

HALL OF FAME

$3,500 - $5,499

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

$2,000 - $3,499

ALL-AMERICAN

$1,500 - $1,999

ALL-CONFERENCE

$750 - $1,499

CAPTAIN

$350 - $749

LETTERWINNER

$150 - $349

WALK-ON

$75 - $149

BOBCAT FAN

but do not qualify for benefts.

Membership Kit Tax Deduction (consult your tax advisor)* Ohio Bobcat Club Email Updates Access to Ohio Bobcat Club Hospitality Village (Football) Ability to Purchase Ohio at Kentucky Football Tickets Football and Men’s Basketball Post-Season Tickets***

Max 4

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Max 8

Max 8

Max 12

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Max 4

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Max 6

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(including bowl games and tournament tickets) Complimentary Football Season Parking Pass** Complimentary Basketball Season Parking Pass**

Football & Men’s Basketball Premium Seating*

Blue Lot

Blue Lot Orange Lot Green Lot Green Lot Green Lot Green Lot Green Lot Green Lot Red Lot

Blue Lot

Blue Lot

Purple Lot Purple Lot Purple Lot Purple Lot Purple Lot

Premium seats for Football and Men’s Basketball require a per-seat donation to the Ohio Bobcat Club. For details, please see pages 6-7 of this brochure or call the Ohio Bobcat Club at (740) 593-1176.

Basketball VIP Concession Line** Rohr Room Access (Men’s Basketball)** VIP Football Sideline Experience Two All-Sport Passes Invitation to Athletics Director’s Reception Invitation to Special Event (Football or Basketball) Personalized Parking Spot (Football & Men’s Basketball)** Invitation to Accompany Team for Select Away Games Annual Bobcat Club Gift

*All tax information can be found on our website www.ohiobobats.com/bobcatclub **Requires purchase of season tickets ***Subject to change based on availability

The Ohio Bobcat Club operates on a July 1 – June 30 giving calendar. Your yearly Ohio Bobcat Club Annual Fund donations will be totaled each June 30 and your benefits for the following year will be based on that total. For more information, or to find out what your year-to-date donations are, please contact the Ohio Bobcat Club at (740) 593-1176.

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OHIO BOBCAT CLUB PRIORITY POINTS OVERVIEW The Ohio Bobcat Club uses a

HOW ARE PRIORITY POINTS CALCULATED?

Priority Point system for the

1 ANNUAL GIVING COMPONENT

proper and equitable allocation

• 3 points for each $100 contributed to the Ohio Bobcat Club Annual Fund

of tickets for all Football and Men’s Basketball post-season

• 1 point for each $100 contributed to any restricted (sport specific) account • 50 points for each vehicle donated to the athletics department via the Bobcat Big Wheels Program • 1 point for each $500 contributed to any athletic account via gift-in-kind (based on approval)

events. This includes, but is not limited to, Bowl games, NCAA

2 TICKET COMPONENT

Tournament games, and MAC

• 1 point for each season ticket purchased for men’s basketball, women’s basketball or football (excluding Family Pack)

Championship events. The

• 1 point for a Family Pack purchase for men’s basketball or football

purpose of the Ohio Bobcat

• 1 point for each All-Sports Pass purchased

Club Priority Point system is to reward supporters of Ohio

3 BOBCAT REPRESENTATIVE PROGRAM COMPONENT • Bobcat Representative of the Year earns 25 points

Athletics who have provided

• Bobcat Representative All-American Level earns 20 points

financial support and contin-

• Bobcat District Representative of the Year (11 winners) earns 15 points

ued loyalty to the program.

• Bobcat Representative with the Most New Money Raised earns 10 points • Bobcat Representative with the Most New Members earns 10 points • Bobcat Representative MAC Player of the Year Level earns 10 points

PRIORITY POINT DEADLINES (not season ticket deadlines!)

4 ON-GOING BONUS COMPONENTS • 1 point for each year of consecutive giving to athletics

Donations received by the dates below will be used

• 1 point for each consecutive year as a men’s basketball, women’s basketball or football season ticket holder

5 CAPITAL AND ENDOWMENT GIFTS

towards calculating Priority

1.5 points for each $100 contributed to the various athletics capital and endowment campaigns and projects. Gifts to

Points for the following events.

these accounts will count toward priority points, but will not count toward annual membership and benefits (documented irrevocable planned gifts are credited at net present value)

OCT. 31, 2014 Football post-season including MAC Championship and Bowl Game

JOE BOBCAT’S PRIORITY POINT EXAMPLE ANNUAL GIVING COMPONENT

BOBCAT REPRESENTATIVE PROGRAM COMPONENT

Joe joined the Ohio Bobcat Club five years

Joe was a Bobcat Representative this year

ago. For his first two years, he donated $250

and helped sign up the most new members to

each year, and the past three years he has

the Ohio Bobcat Club.

60 Points

JAN. 31, 2015

donated $500 each year. Thus, Joe has accum-

Basketball post-season includ-

ulated a lifetime giving amount of $2,000.

ONGOING COMPONENT

ing MAC Tournament and

Joe has been an Ohio Bobcat Club member

NCAA Tournament

In 2008, Joe made a restricted gift of $200

for five consecutive years.

2 Points

10 Points

5 points

to Baseball. Joe has been a football season ticket holder TICKET COMPONENT

3 points

for three consecutive years.

Joe has been a football season ticket holder for the past three years, with four season tickets purchased each year.

12 Points

CAPITAL GIFT COMPONENT In 2012, Joe made a $15,000 gift towards

225 Points

the Walter Fieldhouse project.

JOE BOBCAT’S PRIORITY POINT TOTAL: 317 POINTS

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OHIO FOOTBALL DONOR PREMIUM SEATING OPTIONS * TOWER CLUB - $250 PER-SEAT DONATION The Tower Club is an exclusive access and seating area at Peden Stadium. Private elevator, restrooms, concessions and covered seating in some areas are just a few of the amenities. All seating in this area will require a $250 per-seat donation. The hospitality areas, that are exclusive to Tower Club season ticket holders, will have new amenities to enhance the gameday experience. TOUCHDOWN CLUB - $75 PER-SEAT DONATION The Touchdown Club comprises 40 chair-back seats along the north end-zone and is closer to the field than anywhere else in Peden Stadium. All Touchdown Club season ticket holders have access to a complimentary buffet and drink area. PHILLIPS CLUB - $75 PER-SEAT DONATION The first four rows on the Tower side of Peden Stadium are reserved for the most dedicated and noisy Bobcat faithful. Just inches behind the visiting team, you will feel like you are in the action! All seating in this area will require a $75 perseat donation. CHAMPIONS CLUB - $50 PER-SEAT DONATION The Champions Club consists of 500 seats in Peden Stadium, located right at the 50 yard line. Plastic chairbacks have been installed in this section for added fan comfort. MIDFIELD RESERVED - $25 PER-SEAT DONATION This is a newly designated premium seating area within Peden Stadium. Season ticket holders who sit in sections 104 & 105, outside the Champions Club, will be required to contribute $25 per-seat. (All Per-Seat Donations need to be made to the Ohio Bobcat Club Annual Fund)

* All contributions to the Ohio Bobcat Club are considered gifts to Ohio University and are credited at full value for the purpose of the donor’s gift record with The Ohio University Foundation. Contributions made to the Ohio Bobcat Club for per-seat donations are 80 percent tax deductible as a charitable contribution for income tax purposes, according to IRS Code, Section 170(L)(2)(B). In addition, the fair value of Ohio Bobcat Club benefits described on page 2 should be deducted from the gift amount to arrive at the charitable donation amount.  Donors who do not wish to exercise their benefits and desire to receive a full tax deduction must notify the Ohio University Foundation in writing. Please consult your tax advisor with any questions.

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FOOTBALL PARKING OPTIONS DONOR PARKING All Ohio Bobcat Club members at the Bobcat Fan Level and above are eligible for a complimentary Football Season Parking Pass with the purchase of season tickets. See the map to the right for all the parking options. PEPSI TAILGREAT LOT If hosting a private tailgate is your preference on game-days, then Pepsi TailGreat Parking Lot is for you. Any Ohio Bobcat Club Season Parking Pass gains you access. The lot is firstcome first-served so get here early! GREEN LOT With the completion of the Walter Fieldhouse in the summer of 2014, additional parking will become available for home football games. Those at the Captain Level ($750+) or higher will now have an additional option for parking on gamedays in the lot directly in front of the Walter Fieldhouse. This lot will require a green permit and will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Need a second parking pass? Ohio Bobcat Club members with six (6) or more season tickets are eligible for a second parking pass in the Blue lot, upon request. To request a second pass, please email or call the Ohio Bobcat Club at (740) 593-1176 or bobcatclub@ohio.edu.

DONOR HOSPITALITY FOOTBALL PREGAME PARTY AT OHIO BOBCAT CLUB HOSPITALITY VILLAGE – ALL MEMBERS! All Ohio Bobcat Club Members are invited to join other fans and donors at Hospitality Village on gameday. Food, soft drinks, and beer are all available alongside our flat-screen TVs showing nationally broadcasted games. It is THE place to be before any Bobcat Football game. Open three hours prior to kick-off every game day; stop in on your way to Peden!

DID YOU KNOW

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Ohio Student-Athletes made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 term

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OHIO BASKETBALL DONOR PREMIUM SEATING OPTIONS * BOBCAT BLACK - $1000/$750 PER-SEAT DONATION Bobcat Black seats offer the best experience in the Mid-American Conference, hands down. Located courtside in the Convo, ticket holders in this area get exclusive parking, popcorn & drink service, private coach chalk-talks, and the best seats around. PLATINUM - $175 PER-SEAT DONATION Platinum seats are located in sections 1-4 of the Convo and span the entire sideline behind the team benches and scorer’s table. Sit close to the action and take in the sounds of the game. GOLD - $75 PER-SEAT DONATION Sections 101-104 provide a great view of the game, easy access and a quick tunnel into the Rohr Room. Sit in comfort with other Ohio Bobcat Club members and cheer on the Bobcats! SILVER - $25 PER-SEAT DONATION Sections 105-110 and 115-120 within the lower bowl of the Convo are great seats to take in all the action. The Silver Section seating will be expanded to include sections 107, 108, 117, and 118. Seats in these sections will require a $25 per-seat donation. Expansion of the Silver Section will convert the entire lower bowl of the Convo to premium seating. (All Per-Seat Donations need to be made to the Ohio Bobcat Club Annual Fund)

* All contributions to the Ohio Bobcat Club are considered gifts to Ohio University and are credited at full value for the purpose of the donor’s gift record with The Ohio University Foundation. Contributions made to the Ohio Bobcat Club for per-seat donations are 80 percent tax deductible as a charitable contribution for income tax purposes, according to IRS Code, Section 170(L)(2)(B).  In addition, the fair value of Ohio Bobcat Club benefits described on page 2 should be deducted from the gift amount to arrive at the charitable donation amount.  Donors who do not wish to exercise their benefits and desire to receive a full tax deduction must notify the Ohio University Foundation in writing. Please consult your tax advisor with any questions.

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BASKETBALL PARKING OPTIONS DONOR PARKING Any Ohio Bobcat Club member at the Walk-On level or higher is eligible for a complimentary Men’s Basketball Season Parking Pass with the purchase of season tickets. See the map to the right for all the parking options. Need a second parking pass? Ohio Bobcat Club members with six (6) or more season tickets are eligible for a second parking pass in the Blue lot, upon request. To request a second pass, please email or call the Ohio Bobcat Club at (740) 593-1176 or bobcatclub@ohio.edu.

DONOR HOSPITALITY THE ROHR ROOM – Ohio Bobcat Club members at the Captain Level ($750 +) or above Any Ohio Bobcat Club member at the Captain level or higher is welcome in the Rohr Room, the exclusive hospitality area for Men’s Basketball games. Three big screen TV’s broadcast the action from inside the Convo as well as other national contests. Cash bar, complimentary water and soft-drinks along with Athens’ best popcorn make this a great area to hang out pre-game and during halftime.

DID YOU KNOW The Rufus Reads Program visits 4 local schools and reaches over 1,500 students in kindergarten through 6th grade

Annual “Pink” Games raise over $5,000 for breast cancer charities

Ohio Athletics’ partnership with Athens County Children Services each year on a Santa Tree Project gives 6-8 local children Christmas gifts

Ohio Athletics was the largest contributor in donating 2,982 pounds of food for the Athens County Food Pantry in 2013

MAURICE NDOUR SENIOR

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In October 2013, Varsity Ohio helped welcome back the 1968 Ohio Football team for their 45th reunion. The 1968 Bobcats were recognized during the Miami football game as part of the activities for this weekend reunion. Varsity Ohio coordinated a total of seven reunions throughout the 2013-14 athletic seasons.

VARSITY OHIO Established in 2012, Varsity Ohio is an exclusive organization for former Ohio student-athletes, managers and athletic trainers. Our mission is to re-engage this group through keeping them up to date on our current teams and providing opportunities to reconnect with former teammates. Membership to Varsity Ohio cannot be purchased, it is earned. Benefits of membership include receiving an exclusive Varsity Ohio newsletter, invitations to special events and reunions, ability to purchase Varsity Ohio apparel, and more! Signing up for Varsity Ohio is free to those who participated in a current or discontinued varsity sport on the Ohio University – Athens campus. To become a member, please e-mail us at varsityohio@ohio.edu.

BOBCAT REPRESENTATIVE CLUB The Bobcat Representative Program is an outreach initiative that supports Ohio Athletics through engaging our university’s nearly 200,000 alumni. Bobcat Reps are a team of volunteers who serve as ambassadors within their community providing a personal connection between Ohio Athletics and Bobcat supporters, and play a key role in building athletics success. The goal of this initiative is to increase Ohio Bobcat Club membership and dollars raised through more personal and efficient communication about Ohio Athletics. Our Bobcat Reps are located throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia and help the Ohio Bobcat Club provide sustainable & long-term financial support for our student-athletes so they can achieve academic and athletic excellence. FOR THEIR EFFORTS, BOBCAT REPS EARN RECOGNITION AND PRIZES SUCH AS: VIP Home & Away Football Game Experiences, Autographed Items from Ohio Head Coaches, Ohio Athletics Gear, Ohio Bobcat Club Priority Points We need people who are passionate about the Bobcats, and who will promote a positive image of Ohio Athletics regardless of wins and losses.

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FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO BECOME A BOBCAT REP, PLEASE CONTACT: DREW OSSAKOW Assistant Director of Annual Giving (740) 597-9026 ossakow@ohio.edu


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JOIN FOR THE FIRST TIME

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP

HOW TO GIVE

If you are joining the Ohio Bobcat Club for the

Check your previous year’s membership

MAIL

first time, please consider the following points

level and any football or basketball seating

Please mail donations to:

before making your donation.

requirements before you send in your

The Ohio Bobcat Club

donation.

Convocation Center, S126

See the donation and benefit levels to determine

1 Ohio University

which level is right for you. New donors receive

Your benefit level for the upcoming year

benefits immediately and for the following year.

will be based on your total giving to the Ohio

If you are purchasing premium seats for football

Athens, OH 45701

Checks should be made payable to The Ohio University Foundation with Ohio Bobcat Club in the “For” section

Bobcat Club Annual Fund from July 1, 2013 –

PHONE

June 30, 2014.

Call us at (740) 593-1176 anytime between

or men’s basketball, be sure to check the per-

8AM – 5PM, Monday through Friday

seat contributions listed in this brochure within

Maximize your benefits by making your donation

the Ohio Football Donor Premium Seating

before June 30.

ONLINE

Options or Ohio Basketball Donor Premium

Visit www.ohiobobcats.com/bobcatclub and

Seating Options.

then click on “Join/Renew”

WAYS OF GIVING

STAFF DIRECTORY

ANNUAL FUND

Foundation, generating invested income that is

RYAN WHITE

Unrestricted gifts to the Ohio Bobcat Club Annual

used for the purpose you choose to support. A

Sr. Associate Athletics Director

Fund are the most vital to Ohio Athletics. Gifts

portion of the investment income is retained in

whiter2@ohio.edu

to the Annual Fund provide invaluable resources

the endowment’s principal each year, enabling

and immediately impact and enrich the lives of

it to grow in perpetuity and provide an enduring

our student-athletes.

stream of income for the athletics department. Naming opportunities start at $25,000.

Assistant Athletics Director, Director of Annual Giving

The Ohio Bobcat Club encourages all members to give first to the Ohio Bobcat Club Annual Fund.

GIFT-IN-KIND

As an avid supporter of Ohio Athletics, you may

A gift-in-kind donation is one of personal property

also show your support through the following op-

or services that are charitably gifted to The Ohio

portunities. Please remember that gifts to specific

University Foundation.

sports, endowments, or capital projects do not qualify you for Ohio Bobcat Club Benefits.

MATT BRODERS

PLANNED GIVING

broders@ohio.edu

DREW OSSAKOW Assistant Director of Annual Giving ossakow@ohio.edu

Planned gifts are a method for donors to make SPORT SPECIFIC GIVING

contribution plans for their favorite interests after

TRICIA PERRY

Through a sport specific gift, fans can directly

they have passed. Some examples of planned giv-

Administrative Support

support an individual sport. Sport specific gifts

ing are: Bequests, Retirement Plans, Endowments,

tagartt@ohio.edu

help our programs and coaches fund expenses

Retained Life Estates, Charitable Gift Annuities,

outside of their annual budgets. Designating a

and Life Insurance. The Ohio Bobcat Club is avail-

gift to any of the 16 Bobcat sports programs is

able to assist anyone interested in supporting our

one way to help.

student-athletes through a deferred gift.

TANNER BOND Graduate Assistant bondt@ohio.edu

CAPITAL PROJECTS

MATCHING GIFTS

Gifts in support of capital projects play a pivotal

Many companies provide matching gift programs

role in the enhancement, construction and main-

for employee contributions. Ask your personnel

tenance of first-class athletic facilities. Top-notch

office about your employer’s matching gift poli-

facilities are not just important for attracting the

cy, and double or triple your dollars to the Ohio

nation’s best and brightest student-athletes, but

Bobcat Club when you submit your company’s

also equip them with the best tools to pursue their

matching gift form.

scholastic and athletic goals.

SAM MORGAN Graduate Assistant sm277807@ohio.edu

CHRIS O’SHEA Graduate Assistant

GIFTS OF STOCK ENDOWMENTS

Gifts of appreciated stock, bonds, or mutual funds

Establishing an endowment provides funding

held for more than one year can provide special tax

for future Ohio student-athletes. Endowments

advantages. The Ohio Bobcat Club is available to

are permanently invested by The Ohio University

assist anyone interested in gifting stocks or bonds.

cs666113@ohio.edu


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