2012 MEMBERSHIP GUIDE
#11 Virginia Beach, Virginia
The University of Tennessee is deeply committed to providing the very best education and experience for all of our student-athletes. The pursuit of comprehensive excellence in all sports, which results in a consistent presence for Tennessee in the upper echelon of the SEC and the nation, is at the core of our primary mission within our athletics program. There are numerous positives associated with this great university, one of which is the rich tradition and history of Tennessee athletics. This unique tradition, combined with the passion of our fans and the crucial support of our Tennessee Fund donors, will enable us to build a bridge from our storied past to a bright future. Our collective vision and direction for Tennessee athletics will be clear. We will have a culture of compliance as our top priority. We will require student-athletes to prioritize academic success and strive to compete for championships. I want to thank you for your consistent and continued support of our student-athletes. The role you play is paramount to the realization of the goals we aspire to achieve.
Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics
Dave Hart Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics
Thursday, March 1, 2012 Tennessee Fund renewal deadline for football benefits including season tickets, away game tickets, rank, and parking.
How it Works................................................................................................................4 Annual Giving Levels and Benefits....................................................................... 7 Football Season Ticket Information.....................................................................8 Men’s Basketball Season Ticket Information.................................................. 13 Women’s Basketball Season Ticket and Parking Information................. 14 Football Parking Information............................................................................... 16 Men’s Basketball Parking Information............................................................... 18 Priority Point System.............................................................................................. 20 Premium Seating.......................................................................................................22 How to Contribute (Methods of Support)...................................................... 24 Tax Information..........................................................................................................25 Volunteer Representative Program....................................................................27 FAQs.............................................................................................................................. 28 Tennessee Fund Staff............................................................................................. 30 Donor Calendar..........................................................................................................32 2012 Football Schedule......................................................................................... 33
2012 IMPORTANT DEADLINES
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Friday, April 27, 2012 Season ticket renewal and away game ticket application deadline for 2012 football. May 16–June 6, 2012 Football Seat Relocation Window Thursday, May 31, 2012 Football parking application deadline. Saturday, June 30, 2012 Tennessee Fund renewal deadline for basketball benefits including season tickets, rank, and parking. Saturday, June 30, 2012 Season ticket renewal deadline for 2012-2013 Lady Vols Basketball.
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Tuition & Fees
Friday, July 29, 2012 Season ticket renewal deadline for 2012-2013 Vols Basketball. August 15–September 5 2012 Men’s Basketball Seat Relocation Window
ANNUAL STUDENT-ATHLETE EXPENSES
Championships start with scholarships. In order to compete nationally, The University of Tennessee must ensure the top in-state recruits are choosing to play for the Volunteers, while also attracting the top national recruits. Tuition & Fees for out-of-state studentathletes cost $17,142 more annually than in-state student-athletes. With scholarship costs rising nationally, it is imperative that the Tennessee Fund increases both memberships and gifts to cover these costs. Every donor and every dollar counts toward making the student-athlete dream a reality. Consider increasing your gift or referring a friend to the Tennessee Fund.
Each year The Tennessee Fund strives to not only support growing scholarship costs, but fund the complete studentathlete experience. As tuition costs continue to increase and the cost of doing business rises, your support is more important than ever. By factoring in other direct expenses such as travel, academic support and sports medicine, the complete student-athlete package reaches over $59,000 annually. These student-athlete expenses add up, as UT supports over 500 student-athletes across 20 sports. Your continued support of Tennessee Athletics is essential to ensuring all student-athletes are provided the necessary resources to stay nationally competitive on the field and in the classroom.
In-State & Out-of-State
Friday, July 28, 2012 Women’s basketball parking application deadline
Friday, August 25, 2012 Men’s basketball parking application deadline
#70 Suwanee, Georgia
2011-2012 SCHOLARSHIP EXPENSES
4% 8% 6% 4%
In-State & Out-of-State
In-State & Out-of-State
n Strength & Conditioning $2,616.77 n Sports Medicine $4,840.83 n Academic Support $3,301.10 n Equipment $2,326.02 n Travel $12,136.82 n Scholarships $34,280.00 ______________________________________
MISSION STATEMENT: The Tennessee Fund provides the resources needed to enrich the lives of our student-athletes as they strive to achieve excellence in the classroom and at the highest level of competition by serving and connecting the Volunteer community with unparalleled experiences and tradition. We are committed to operating with integrity in the best interest of the University, the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA.
NEW GUIDELINES FOR 2012 HOW IT WORKS
2012 TENNESSEE FUND DONOR BENEFITS INCLUDE: • Football Season Tickets • Men’s Basketball Season Tickets • Women’s Basketball Season Tickets • *Season Parking Passes – Football, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball
The University of Tennessee’s commitment to excellence in athletics has placed an unprecedented demand for ticket and parking benefits. In order to fairly allocate those benefits, a system is in place to reward supporters of the program since it is their generosity that helps create champions and successful student-athletes who represent the university.
• *Away Game Football Tickets
Those who support the athletic department on campus through generous donations to the Tennessee Fund are given the opportunity to purchase athletic benefits each year. In the past, separate gifts to men’s athletics, women’s athletics, or academic programs on campus determined the benefits eligible for purchase. However, moving forward, one gift to the Tennessee Fund enables donors to purchase season tickets to ALL men’s and women’s sporting events.
• *Men’s and Women’s Basketball SEC and NCAA Tournament Tickets
• *Opportunity for seat upgrades as they become available • *SEC Championship and Bowl Game Tickets
• Baseball, Softball, Soccer, and Volleyball Season Tickets *Must purchase season tickets and minimum giving level required
*Giving level and amount determines quantity and locations available for purchase
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ANNUAL GIVING LEVELS & BENEFITS Each Tennessee Fund memberâ€™s priority and ability to obtain various benefits is determined by a combination of annual giving level and donor rank as determined by the Tennessee Fund point system (see page 20 for information on the priority point system).
DONOR BENEFIT CHART Benefits/ Membership Levels
Big Orange Club Foothills Ridgerunner Plateau
$250,000 $50 $100 $250 $500 $1,000 $2,500 $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 (over 10 years)
Invitation to Tennessee Fund Day and Big Orange Caravan Receptions Vol and Lady Vol Basketball Priority (Renewable) Season Ticket Opportunity Vol and Lady Vol Basketball Parking Pass Opportunity (must purchase season tickets) Vol and Lady Vol SEC and NCAA Tournament Tickets (must purchase season tickets) Football Priority (Renewable) Season Ticket Opportunity Football Parking Pass Opportunity (must purchase season tickets) Football Away Game Ticket Opportunity Football and Basketball Program Guide
* Lady Vol Endowment Donors receive all of the above. * The quantity and location of tickets and parking passes available for purchase is based on donor giving level and priority point ranking â€“ see season ticket and parking information for details. Ticket and parking benefits are subject to availability and are not guaranteed.
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FOOTBALL SEASON TICKET GUIDELINES 2012 Annual Contribution Guidelines* for NEW or ADDITIONAL Priority (Renewable) Season Football Tickets Student Seating
Georgia State – Florida – Akron – Alabama – Arkansas – Troy – Kentucky Lower Level
Annual Donation (per pair)
Sections U or T
Sections R, S, V, or W
North End Zone
South End Zone
*These gift amounts do not guarantee seats in Neyland Stadium. They merely are to provide new Tennessee Fund donors with an idea of the approximate amount it takes to sit in a specific section, based upon the 2011 season. All amounts are listed as a donation per pair of seats and allow the donor to renew the same seats each year if the contribution is made annually. Seating locations are subject to change as needed due to renovations of Neyland Stadium. In addition, the cost of season tickets may vary on an annual basis. Due to conference realignments, all schedules are subject to change. **The Tennessee Fund does not offer priority seating in Student Sections D-F, or DD-FF.
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Football Season Ticket Holders span 43 of the 50 U.S. States as well as Canada and the United Kingdom! Love for the Big Orange reaches far and wide. There is nothing like being at Neyland Stadium on a fall game day. The loyalty and passion displayed by Tennessee supporters is unrivaled by any other University in the country. Wear your orange with pride everywhere you go. You never know when you will run into another Tennessee Fund member!
Annual Donation (per pair)
see pg 22
North End Zone
Rows 1-2 (Chair backs)
Rows 13-26 (Chair backs)
South End Zone
Rows 1-2 (Chair backs)
AWAY GAME TICKETS As a benefit of membership Tennessee Fund donors receive first priority for away game tickets. Demand for some games will exceed demand for others, thus varying the number of donors able to receive tickets for each game. Away game ticket quantities are determined by giving category and assigned to a seat location according to rank. The amount of tickets eligible for purchase for each game is indicated on the season ticket application. Donors who qualify and would like to pre-order away game tickets should do so when renewing season tickets. However, donors may be refunded if the demand for tickets exceeds the supply.
APPROXIMATE 2012 AWAY GAME TICKET AVAILABILITY
ANNUAL GIVING CATEGORY N.C. State, Georgia, Miss. State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt
UT * **N.C. State 31,000 Georgia 9,500 South Carolina 9,500 Mississippi State 6,500 Vanderbilt 6,000
Rocky Top, NDS, Gold Victor (East Club, West Club, TN Terrace – 6+ seats) Rank 1-500..............................................8 All others in category..........................6
*The total UT ticket allotment includes seating for students, players’ families, coaches, band, and administrative staff. After those tickets are allocated the remaining tickets are assigned to Tennessee Fund members.
(East Club, West Club, TN Terrace – 4 seats) Rank 1-2500............................................6 All others in category..........................4
Bronze Victor (East Club, West Club, TN Terrace – 2 seats) Rank 1-3500............................................4 All others in category..........................2
**Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in the Georgia Dome: Although there is no limit to the number of tickets you may request, requests will be filled in accordance with existing Tennessee Fund donor category and rank. We will attempt to fill all requests; however, in the event demand for tickets for this game exceeds our supply, it may be necessary to reduce and/or cancel orders. Donors will be sent an application in the spring which will provide the price range for the different seating options available based upon rank and donors will be charged within this range for tickets to this game.
Rank 1-2500............................................4 All others in category..........................2*
Rank 1-1000.............................................2 All others in category..........................2*
*Due to conference realignments, all schedules are subject to change.
#19 Knoxville, Tennessee
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MENâ€™S BASKETBALL SEASON TICKET GUIDELINES Due to the high renewal rate, lower sidecourt level seating in Thompson-Boling Arena is usually unavailable.
#23 Lithonia, Ga
2012 Basketball Season Ticket Guidelines* (per pair of seats) *These gift amounts do not guarantee seats in any location in Thompson-Boling Arena. They merely are to provide new donors with an idea of the approximate amount it takes to sit in a specific section, based upon the 2011-2012 season. All amounts are listed as a donation per pair of seats.
100/200 Level Sidecourt
100/200 Level Corners/ Behind Goal
Sections 318-324 $ 500 minimum* (side court seats) All other sections $ 100 minimum*
* Seats that become available on the side court lower level (Sections 104, 105, 106, 120, 121, 122) require a $25,000 one-time capital gift per seat payable over 5 years and a minimum Silver Victor ($10,000) annual membership to the Tennessee Fund. Contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218 for more information. * Subject to availability
Away Game Tickets
Road game basketball tickets are not available through the UT Athletic Ticket Office. Please contact the Athletic Ticket Office at the host school for more information.
Southeastern Conference Tournament/NCAA Tournament
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The number of SEC and NCAA Tournament tickets the Athletic Department receives is determined by the host site which makes it very difficult to predict how many donors will receive the opportunity to buy tickets. Applications will be sent to donors who have made their Tennessee Fund gift by June 30th of each year and qualify for seating based upon their annual giving category and rank. You must purchase season tickets to qualify.
WOMENâ€™S BASKETBALL SEASON TICKET GUIDELINES Tennessee Fund members are given the opportunity to purchase Lady Vol season basketball tickets. Season tickets are assigned based on annual giving level and the priority point system. Those interested in improving their location can submit a request to the Tennessee Fund office. All requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in accordance with the point system. Seating & Donation Amounts Season tickets in the 100 or 200 level for Lady Vol basketball require a minimum $200 donation per pair for new Tennessee Fund members or existing members interested in additional tickets. Locations are determined by annual giving level and priority point rank and subject to availability. Please call the Tennessee Fund office for specific availability. Parking Season parking passes for Lady Vol basketball are sold to donors based on the priority points system and are reassigned each year. Tennessee Fund donors must purchase season tickets to qualify.
SEC Tournament/NCAA Tournament Donors to the Tennessee Fund also receive the opportunity to purchase post-season tournament tickets. The number of post-season tickets the Athletic Department receives is determined by the host site which makes it difficult to predict if we can fulfill all requests. You must purchase season tickets to qualify. For more information contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218. Other Ticket Packages Tennessee Fund members with interest in the Coca-Cola Six Pack, Family Plan, Group Tickets or Single Game tickets should contact the UT Athletic Ticket Office directly at (865) 656-1200. Lady Vol Soccer, Softball, and Volleyball Soccer, softball, and volleyball season tickets as well as individual game tickets can be purchased through the UT Athletic Ticket Office at (865) 656-1200.
General Admission (300, 310-314, 328-331A)
Season TIcket Holder Donation Required (100-112, 114-128, 130-131 200, 209-231, lower 316-326)
Luxury Suites/ Loge Seating Reserved Individual (315A-315, upper 316-326, 327-327A)
UT Students with Current ID (129) Family Plan
No Donation Required (113, 129)
ORDER TICKETS ONLINE AT UTTIX.COM
#13 Leeâ€™s Summit, Mo. FUND 14 TENNESSEE 2012 MEMBERSHIP GUIDE
2012 FOOTBALL PARKING INFORMATION Please note that all parking areas are subject to change on an annual basis based on parking lot availability and construction projects as determined by the University.
East Club or West Club (4 Seats)
Eligible for (3) parking passes in the Orange Zone and (1) in 11th Street Garage (the cost of all 4 passes is included in the skybox licensing fee)
Eligible for (2) parking passes (the cost of the 2 passes is included in the licensing fee) Passes will be assigned according to donor rank within the Orange Zone
Nathan Dougherty Society
East Club or West Club (2 Seats)
Eligible to purchase (3) parking passes in the Orange Zone Passes will be assigned according to donor rank within the Orange Zone
*Gold Victor, Tennessee Terrace (6 or more seats)
Eligible to purchase (3) parking passes (2) Passes will be assigned according to donor rank within the Orange Zone (1) Pass will be assigned according to donor rank within the White Zone
Eligible for (1) parking pass (the cost of the pass is included in the licensing fee) Pass will be assigned according to donor rank within the Orange Zone
Bronze Victor, Tennessee Terrace (2 seats) (ranked 1-4,000)
Eligible to purchase (1) football parking pass Pass will be assigned according to donor rank within the Orange Zone
*Silver Victor, Tennessee Terrace (4 seats) (ranked 1-5,000)
Bronze Victor, Tennessee Terrace (2 seats) (ranked 4,001-above)
Eligible to purchase (2) parking passes Passes will be assigned according to donor rank within the Orange Zone
Eligible to purchase (1) football parking pass Pass will be assigned according to donor rank within the White Zone
*Silver Victor, Tennessee Terrace (4 seats) (ranked 5,001-above)
Mountaineer, Trailblazer, Plateau, Ridgerunner, Foothills
Eligible to purchase (2) parking passes Passes will be assigned according to donor rank Donors have two options: Option #1: (1) Orange Zone + (1) pass in White Zone Option #2: (2) passes in White Zone
Eligible to purchase (1) football parking pass Pass will be assigned strictly according to donor rank within the Orange, White or Grey Zones
All football parking, including handicap parking, is reassigned each year according to donor rank and donors must purchase season tickets to be eligible.
* Academic donors (Benefactors, Charles Dabney Society, Founders Society, 1794 Society, Torchbearer Society) who received benefits through the alumni association that are Gold or Silver Victors with the Tennessee Fund will be eligible to purchase 1 parking pass.
East Club or West Club (6 or more seats)
Eligible for (2) parking passes (the cost of the 2 passes is included in the licensing fee) Passes will be assigned according to donor rank within the Orange Zone Eligible to purchase (1) additional parking pass Pass will be assigned according to donor rank within the White Zone
2012 FOOTBALL PARKING ZONES ORANGE ZONE
WORLDâ€™S FAIR SITE
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2012-13 MEN’S BASKETBALL PARKING GIVING LEVEL
Rocky, Nathan Dougherty Society, East Club 6+, West Club 4+, Tennessee Terrace 6+, Gold Victor
(2) in Orange Zone, (1) in White Zone
East Club 4, West Club 2, Tennessee Terrace 4, Silver Victor
(1) in Orange Zone, (1) in White Zone
East Club 2, Tennessee Terrace 2, Bronze Victor
(1) in Orange Zone
Mountaineer, Trailblazer, Plateau, Ridgerunner
(1) assigned based on rank
Arena Donor with 2-4 Season Tickets
(1) in G10
Arena Donor with 5+ Season Tickets
(2) in G10
2012-13 MEN’S BASKETBALL PARKING ZONES ORANGE ZONE WHITE ZONE
C15 C1 22 14
*In order to accommodate the most donors in G5/30, no account will be assigned more than (1) pass in G5/30.
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All men’s basketball parking, including handicap parking, is reassigned each year according to donor rank and donors must purchase season tickets to be eligible.
GENERAL TICKET INFORMATION Mailing Information Season tickets are shipped separately from individual and away game tickets. They will NOT arrive in the same package. Season tickets are shipped by carrier service and require a street address. Please confirm your address at the time of placing your order for tickets, as it is not possible to change addresses once the tickets are printed. Change of address must be submitted in writing to the Tennessee Fund office. A change of address form can be found on the utsports.com website. Lost, Stolen or Destroyed Tickets The UTAD is NOT responsible for lost, stolen or destroyed tickets. If you purchase tickets directly from the University of Tennessee and they are lost, stolen or destroyed, contact the Ticket Office for replacement options. Handicapped Seating The University of Tennessee is proud to offer seating for individuals in wheelchairs, available on a season and individual game basis. Please contact the UT Athletic Ticket Office at (865) 656-1200 or (800) 332-8657 for further information. Seating is limited so please make arrangements early. For patrons needing an elevator pass due to accessibility needs, please contact Event Management at (865) 974-1205.
Ticket Payment Payment must be made by check, VISA, MasterCard or Discover. Checks should be made payable to The University of Tennessee. Payment must be made by applicant or spouse. No second-party payments will be accepted. Cash will be accepted only from the person whose name appears on the application and an ID will be required. Charge by Phone or Online Orders for available individual game tickets may be made using VISA, MasterCard or Discover. All orders placed the week of the game will not be mailed, but held for pickup at the ticket office or digitally sent via email to be printed by purchaser and brought to gate for admittance. Each order includes a service charge. ALL CREDIT CARD SALES ARE FINAL. If tickets are not picked up, no refunds will be made. Visit uttix.com for more information. Ticket Office The UT Ticket Office is located at northwest corner of Thompson-Boling Arena on the corner of Phillip Fulmer Way and Lake Loudoun Blvd. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information contact the Ticket Office at (800) 332-VOLS (8657) or (865) 656-1200.
PRIORITY POINT SYSTEM Q: What is the “point system”? A: The Tennessee Fund uses a priority point system to help fairly allocate donor benefits. Donors receive points based upon the consecutive number of years that they have given to the Tennessee Fund, as well as for the total cumulative contributions that they have made. This system seeks to reward both a donor’s longevity and gift amount when establishing priorities. With the point total, the Tennessee Fund can “rank” all donors regardless of giving category.
Q: How are points allocated? A: Points are allocated as follows:
The Tennessee Fund ranks donors four times yearly. The donor with the most accumulated points is ranked number 1, the next highest point total is ranked number 2 and so on. Consecutive years of giving points are withdrawn from a donor account if membership is not renewed annually. Regardless of rank, a donor’s annual gift must be made in order to receive the opportunity to purchase or renew priority tickets or parking.
Post March 1 Ranking • Used for football parking and away game ticket assignments • Football Seat Relocations
• Men’s and Women’s Basketball Seat Relocations Post November 1 Ranking • Used for SEC Championship/Bowl • Game assignments
Post June 30 Ranking • Used for Vol and Lady Vol basketball parking assignments
Post January 1 Ranking • Used for Vol and Lady Vol SEC/NCAA Tournament assignments
1 pt. Awarded for each $100 donated to the Tennessee Fund* since 1986
Q: How is the point system used?
1 pt. Awarded for each $100 donated to Capital/Endowment funds since 1986
A: The point system is used by the
1 pt. Awarded for each $1,000 in new annual money raised by a Vol Rep 5 pts. Awarded for each consecutive year of giving to the Tennessee Fund since 1986 10 pts. Awarded for UT Alumni (one time award per account) 0 pts. Awarded for UT letterman 5 (one time award per account) 50 pts. Awarded for gifts given prior to 1986 (one time award) 0 pts. Awarded for 20 consecutive years 5 of giving (one time award) *Formerly VASF and Lady Vol Boost-Her Club
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Academic supporters who previously received athletic benefits were converted to the Tennessee Fund in 2010. They were given a one-time point award for those gifts based on a similar scale. Moving forward, gifts must be made directly to the Tennessee Fund in order to improve point total and rank.
Tennessee Fund in the following ways: Season Football and Basketball Ticket Assignments and Improvements Using this system, the Tennessee Fund starts with the top annual giving category (Nathan Dougherty Society) and reviews all requests from those that purchase season tickets in this category in rank order. After all the requests in this category have been processed, the Tennessee Fund then reviews all requests from those that purchase season tickets in the next annual giving category in rank
order. This process continues through all the giving categories until all of the available tickets have been assigned. Beginning two weeks after each deadline the relocation process will begin. The point system is used to prioritize between donors who are in the same giving category when season ticket requests are reviewed. Thus, a $5,000 donor with an overall rank of 4000 would be reviewed after a $5000 donor with a rank of 1000. Once a donor has established season ticket priority, this individual must then maintain the same giving level or higher on an annual basis to retain their season ticket location. If a ticket holder wishes to improve a seating location they must be an active Tennessee Fund donor and will be notified of opportunities to do so via their email account. It is very important that our donors keep their email addresses updated with our office so we can send out the communication electronically that will allow donors to review their seat opportunities using our online virtual seat maps of Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena. Football and Basketball Parking Pass Assignments The Tennessee Fund uses donor rank, as determined by the point system, to assign
football and men’s basketball parking passes for donors in the Mountaineer annual giving category ($2,500-$4,999) and below. Tennessee Fund donors at the Bronze Victor level ($5,000-$9,999) and higher are assigned football parking according to their donor rank, as determined by the point system, and in a predetermined zone if their rank does not qualify them for their choice of parking. Women’s basketball parking is assigned in rank order for lots near Thompson-Boling Arena. All football and men’s basketball parking locations are reassigned each year and donors must purchase season tickets to be eligible. (See pages 17 & 18 for specific information on parking). Away Football Games, SEC Postseason Games / Tournaments, and Bowl Game Ticket Assignments The Tennessee Fund uses donor rank, as determined by the point system, in two ways when managing the assignment of away football games, SEC postseason games / tournaments, and bowl tickets. The primary factor in determining the quantity of tickets that a donor is eligible for is the donor’s annual giving category. Once it has been determined who will receive tickets to these games, the actual ticket locations are assigned strictly in donor rank order.
East and West Club Seating in Neyland Stadium
Thompson-Boling Arena Luxury Suites and Loge Seats
Lindsey Nelson Stadium MVP Seats
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE PREMIUM SEATING OPTIONS Premium seating at the University of Tennessee is a great way to take a leadership role in support of the Vols while receiving some of the best seats in one of the following venues: Neyland Stadium, Thompson-Boling Arena, Sherri Parker Lee Stadium, and Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Rocky Top Club (Sky Box Seating) For information regarding the availability of sky boxes, please contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218. Rocky Top Club Benefits • Football Season Ticket Priority – 16 seats • Away Game and Post-Season Ticket Priority • Four Football Parking Passes (3 passes in the Orange Zone or a higher priority lot if rank allows and 1 pass in the White Zone) • Basketball Season Ticket Priority • Option to Purchase Three Basketball Parking Passes (Orange or White Zone) • Football and Basketball Program
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East and West Club Seating in Neyland Stadium The East and West Club offers Volunteer fans the opportunity to enjoy games at Neyland Stadium in one of the finest premium seating areas in all of college sports. Undercover outdoor seating, an adjoining indoor club area, and flat screen televisions showing college football games from across the country is sure to provide you and your family or friends a special place to spend your fall Saturdays. For more information on the availability of club seating, contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218 or visit www.neylandclubseats.com.
Tennessee Terrace Tennessee football fans have the opportunity to be a part of the new Tennessee Terrace seating which opened in 2010. Tennessee Terrace is located in the former west upper deck of Neyland Stadium (Sections RR-WW) and features new chair back seating with a sideline view of all the action. An adjoining indoor concourse offers an expanded concession menu, restrooms, and
televisions showing other college football games in a climate controlled setting overlooking the campus. For more information on Tennessee Terrace, please contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218 or visit www.tennesseeterrace.com.
Thompson-Boling Arena Luxury Suites and Loge Seats Vol and Lady Vol basketball fans can enjoy games this winter from one of our 32 luxury suites or 165 Loge (club) seats. For availability of luxury suites and/or loge seats, please contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218.
Lindsey Nelson Stadium MVP Seats New to Tennessee baseball fans is the opportunity to purchase MVP seats behind home plate. Chair back seating attached to an interior club room allows Tennessee baseball fans to get close to the action. For the availability of MVP seats, contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE (METHODS OF SUPPORT) There are several ways to become a donor to the Tennessee Fund. Here are just a few of the ways to support the Vols and Lady Vols: ONLINE GIVING
The Tennessee Fund is proud to offer the ability to make a gift to the Tennessee Fund online. New donors joining for the first time or existing donors looking to renew their gift should visit www.tennesseefund.org
You may pledge to join the Tennessee Fund at a specific level and then pay the pledge in installments, completing your pledge by March 1. Statements will be sent periodically throughout the year reminding you of the March 1 deadline and the contribution balance remaining.
All donors to the Tennessee Fund have an online account. If you are visiting the site for the first time and are a current Tennessee Fund member, please call the Tennessee Fund office to receive your AD number then register using a valid e-mail address. All new Tennessee Fund members can register directly online.
Benefits of Visiting Your Account Online • View Your Priority Points • View Your Giving History • Update Your Mailing Address • View Your Current Seat Location • Contribute Online – Contributing online is secure, saves time and postage, and provides immediate confirmation that your gift has been received.
Cash Donations Cash or checks are always acceptable. Gifts are acknowledged by receipt from The University of Tennessee and the Athletic Department. Make all checks payable to The University of Tennessee Foundation.
Credit Cards The Tennessee Fund and Athletic Ticket Office accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover. It is important to list the name as it appears on the credit card, the account number, the expiration date, and the three digit security code from the back of the credit card on the contribution form.
Bank Draft By joining the Vol Check-off Program you may have your bank account drafted
monthly. Please include a voided check along with your completed contribution form via the envelope enclosed. For more information on the Vol Check-off program, contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218. *Each year donors must resubmit the account information needed by the Tennessee Fund office to continue the bank draft. *To stop the bank draft option, please submit a letter in writing to the Tennessee Fund office notifying us of your decision. Donors will be expected to fulfill any outstanding balance at that time. *If your account shows insufficient funds 3 times during any point of your Tennessee Fund membership, your ability to use bank draft as a payment option will be stopped.
Matching Gifts Many companies will match your gifts to The University of Tennessee. Please consult the benefits office at your place of employment. You may be able to double or triple the value of your gift and benefits. Your initial gift and matching form must be in by March 1, but the matching gift may be completed throughout the year.
Many companies are not matching gifts if the donor receives any benefit as a result of the gift. Please check with the Tennessee Fund and the matching company to be sure that the matching gift can be used for donor benefits. If the company chooses to stop matching a donor’s gift, the donor is responsible for the entire annual contribution to maintain the same benefits.
Gifts of Real Property and Securities Gifts of real property and securities are welcomed and may provide significant tax advantages. Appreciated stocks can be transferred electronically which, in many circumstances, can enable donors to realize significant capital gains tax savings while helping the Tennessee Fund provide essential scholarship support. Benefits for these gifts must be evaluated on an individual case basis.
Estate Gifts Gifts through wills and bequests can provide you with benefits and the opportunity to sustain your family name through endowed scholarships with The University of Tennessee Athletic Department. Estate gifts can be made with a designated amount, a real asset, or a residual bequest. Consult your attorney. The Tennessee Fund can provide the appropriate wording for
inclusion in your planning. Benefits for these gifts must be evaluated on an individual case basis.
Endowments To provide funding for future Vol and Lady Vol student-athletes, endowments are essential. The opportunity to fully endow a scholarship with the Volunteers exists at the $250,000 level and entitles you to membership in the Nathan Dougherty Society. These gifts can be made over a 10-year period in equal installments. The Tennessee Fund office will provide the appropriate agreements to complete the gift. Benefits for these gifts must be evaluated on an individual case basis.
Life Income Gifts Charitable remainder trusts can provide current tax advantages while providing the donor with income for a designated period of time or life. They provide the Athletic Department with an endowed scholarship or operating fund gift upon the completion of the trust or donor’s death. You also are encouraged to consult your tax advisor. Benefits for these gifts must be evaluated on an individual case basis.
Disclaimer: The following information is not intended to constitute legal advice or other tax counsel and may not be relied on as such. Please consult a personal tax advisor concerning the deductibility of any contribution to the Tennessee Fund. Under applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), the amount of a contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of the amount contributed over the value of any goods or services provided to the donor by the University. The Athletic Department will notify you as to the value of any such items. Under current IRC provisions, no more than 80 percent of an amount paid to or for the benefit of an institution of higher education may be treated as a charitable contribution if, as a result of the payment, the donor receives the right to purchase tickets for seating at an athletic event in an athletic stadium at the institution. You should consult your tax advisor to determine whether these provisions apply to you. If you choose to waive all applicable benefits, you must sign a written waiver at the time you make your Tennessee Fund donation.
“Playing By The Rules” NCAA Compliance The athletic programs of this University are governed by the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) and the Southeastern Conference (“SEC”). Current NCAA regulations require that, if you, as a donor to the University of Tennessee athletic program or any person directly or indirectly related or affiliated with you, violate any of the rules and regulations of the NCAA or SEC, the University must disassociate itself from you and any future University related benefits or privileges available to you will be terminated. Your participation in this program and your acceptance of benefits and privileges available from the University as a part of this program is your acknowledgment and agreement that, in the event of any such finding by the NCAA, the SEC or the University, all future benefits and privileges will be canceled and/or forfeited by the University.
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VOLUNTEER REPRESENTATIVE PROGRAM
Each year over 300 active Tennessee Fund members volunteer their time and efforts to serve as Volunteer Representatives in their respective communities. Vol Reps play a key role in advancing Tennessee Athletics in the following ways:
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• Reminding current donors to make their annual donation
By helping to promote UT Athletics, Vol Reps are able to develop relationships with Tennessee Athletic Department staff members, earn additional Tennessee Fund priority points to improve their donor rank, and achieve various Vol Rep Rewards based upon the amount of new money they help raise.
• Communicating news about what is going on at the UT Athletic Department to others in their community
The Vol Rep system is divided into 13 districts by geographic region. Each district is led by a District Chair and
• Identifying potential new donors to the Tennessee Fund
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• Helping to organize events in their area to bring Vol fans together throughout the year
assisted by a County Chair for each county in that district. These chairs help coordinate communication and events for all Vol Reps, Tennessee Fund donors, and UT fans in their area. For more information on the Vol Rep Program or how to become a Vol Rep, please visit www.volreps.com or call (865)974-1218
District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4
Dyersburg Memphis Jackson Clarksville
District 5 District 6 District 7 District 8
Nashville Columbia Cookeville Chattanooga
District 9 District 10 District 11
Knoxville Tri-Cities E. Tennessee
District12 Atlanta District 13 At Large
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q: Is my contribution to the Tennessee Fund tax-deductible? A: Yes, the Internal Revenue Service allows a full deduction on contributions where there is no tangible or intangible benefit to the donor. Otherwise an 80% deduction is allowed when a benefit is received. Contact your financial advisor for detailed information.
Q: Does my Tennessee Fund donation qualify me for both football and basketball season tickets? A: The cumulative annual donation qualifies you for season tickets to both football and men’s/women’s basketball. The gift amount corresponds to seating locations that each donor is eligible for based upon giving level and availability.
Q: How is my gift to the Tennessee Fund used? A: Your gift to the Tennessee Fund is used for student-athlete scholarship costs, facility upkeep, and general operating budget needs. With over 500 student-athletes on campus, the role the Tennessee Fund plays is critical in the success of the program.
Q: What is the minimum gift required to get season football tickets? A: Each year due to normal attrition approximately 2,000 tickets become available to meet the ticket requests of existing and new Tennessee Fund donors. In May, once all ticket applications have been returned, the ticket office is able to assess how many tickets are available for new Tennessee Fund members. We then fill all orders starting at the highest annual giving category and moving downward. Last year anyone who made a gift of at least $100 by March 1st was given the priority to purchase a pair of renewable season tickets.
Q: How many members are there in the Tennessee Fund? A: There are over 13,000 active Tennessee Fund members. Q: Who can join the Tennessee Fund? A: All Tennessee fans are encouraged to join the Tennessee Fund. You do not have to be a former student-athlete or alum of The University of Tennessee to join.
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Q: Why is it necessary to become a donor in order to receive season tickets? A: Demand for benefits such as tickets and parking passes created the need for
a fair system to be established in which these benefits could be distributed fairly. The Tennessee Fund was created in part, to help address the needs of our growing donor base. The donor priority system allows us to track support and award benefits as a way to say thank you for the support. The athletic department is 100% self-funded without financial support from tax or tuition derived dollars. Q: How are season tickets assigned or how can I improve my current season tickets? A: Once a donor has established season ticket priority, this individual must then maintain the same giving level or higher on an annual basis to retain their season ticket location. If a ticket holder wishes to improve a seating location they must be an active Tennessee Fund donor and will notified of opportunities to do so via their email account. It is very important that our donors keep their email addresses updated with our office so we can send out the communication electronically that will allow donors to review their seat opportunities using our online virtual seat maps of Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena.
Q: I am a $1,000 donor with a Tennessee Fund rank of 2800 and season tickets in section X2. My friend is a $2,500 donor with a Tennessee Fund rank of 5000. She is purchasing season tickets for the first time. Who would have their ticket request reviewed first? If I wanted to move my tickets to sections R or W, would this be possible? A: Based on her higher annual giving level, your friend would have her ticket request reviewed first. However, if you chose to increase your annual giving level by March 1, your request would be reviewed first because of your higher point ranking. More than likely we could not change your tickets unless you increased your giving level. Based on last year’s requirements, the last person who received tickets in sections R or W was a $2,500 annual donor. Q: My friend tells me that his season football tickets are grandfathered. What does this mean? A: The Tennessee Fund was founded in 1986. Anyone who was already
purchasing season tickets at that time was not required to make an annual Tennessee Fund gift to retain these tickets. Beginning with the 2006 season, grandfathered season ticket holders on the sidelines were given the opportunity to begin making a donation at a reduced rate or move their seating location to the end zones and have those remain grandfathered. Grandfathered tickets still remain in the upper and lower level endzones at Neyland Stadium.
Q: Once I have priority football or basketball season tickets, how do I keep them? A: The annual Tennessee Fund gift level you made when you obtained your specific seat location is the ongoing “baseline” to retain the the same location. The current policy is that as long as you continue to maintain the same annual gift, you will maintain the priority to purchase your tickets.
Q: Why does my friend not have to give as much as me, yet he has better seats than I do? A: This is a way in which the Tennessee Fund rewards loyalty from its long-time donors. The demand for the best seats in Neyland Stadium has increased over time, thus the minimum donation for these seat locations has also increased. If an individual entered the Tennessee Fund and received the opportunity to purchase a pair of tickets for a gift of $500, they feasibly could now have priority for tickets that would require a donation of $2,500 for a new person entering the Tennessee Fund in 2012.
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2012 STAFF Mikki Allen
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Associate Director Donor Services
Assistant Athletic Director Development
Caylee Casey Advancement Specialist
Rebecca Clowers Advancement Specialist
Morgan Cyphers Assistant Director Annual Giving
Associate Athletic Director Development
Senior Associate Athletic Director Development
Blake Johnson Director Capital Campaigns
Director Annual Giving
Linda Lewis Advancement Specialist
Suzie Miller Advancement Specialist
Assistant Director Annual Giving
Associate Director Development
Ryan Thompson Associate Director Capital Support
Associate Director Annual Giving
Assistant Director Capital Support
Associate Athletic DirectorDevelopment
2012 FUND RAISING YEAR January
Vol Rep wrap-ups in local communities Coca-Cola Big Orange Caravan Winter Tour Pledge reminders/statements mailed Rank for SEC/NCAA Tournament ticket assignments
Coca-Cola Big Orange Caravan Winter Tour Vol Rep wrap-ups in local communities Final annual fund donation renewal/mailing for 2012
Contribution deadline for football ticket renewals - March 1 Rank for football parking and away game ticket assignments Vol Rep competition ends
Vol Rep Rewards Ceremony Football Home/Away Ticket Application Mailing Football Ticket Application Deadline
Coca-Cola Big Orange Caravan Spring Tour Football Parking Application Mailing and Deadline Football Seat Relocation Process Begins
Tennessee Fund Donor Ticket Assignments Processed Contribution deadline for basketball ticket renewals – June 30 Football Season Ticket Relocation Process Ends
2012-2013 Fiscal Year Begins Basketball Ticket Application Mailing/Deadline Rank for basketball parking
Football tickets/Parking passes mailed Vol Rep Training Camp Basketball Parking Application Mailing Men’s Basketball Seat Relocation Process Begins
Basketball Parking Application Deadline First annual fund donation renewal/mailing for 2013 Men’s Basketball Seat Relocation Process Ends
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Basketball tickets and parking mailed Vol Rep Kick-offs in local communities Vol Rep Kick-offs in local communities Second annual fund donation renewal/mailing for 2013 Rank for SEC/Bowl game ticket assignments Year-end Gift Deadline
WHO WILL BE THE NEXT GREAT STUDENT-ATHLETE YOU WILL BE SUPPORTING? THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Tennessee Fund I Phone: (865) 974-1218 I Fax: (865) 974-2847 I Email: firstname.lastname@example.org I www.tennesseefund.org I utsports.com I utladyvols.com Mailing Address: P.O. Box 15016, Knoxville, TN 37901 -5016 Shipping Address: Brenda Lawson Athletic Center, 1551 Lake Loudoun Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996