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Our Mission To inspire and support our student-athletes in the pursuit of comprehensive excellence.
Our Vision To represent the University of Tennessee among the nation’s premier athletic programs by developing student-athletes who graduate, compete for championships and conduct themselves in a first-class manner, honoring and fulfilling the Volunteer spirit.
Our Core Values I N S P I R E
ntegrity without compromise ational leadership ervice to our students, fans and community ersonal accountability nclusion and respect for the individual elentless competitiveness xcellence in education
Mission & Vision Statements
2017 Fundraising Year & Football Schedule
How Do I Get Involved?
Student-Athlete Cost of Experience
Student-Athletes & Donors by State
Annual Giving Levels & Benefits
How to Donate
Football Season Tickets
Football Away Game Tickets
Men’s Basketball Season Tickets
Women’s Basketball Season Tickets
2017-18 Tennessee Fund Parking
2017 Parking FAQs
General Ticket Information
Vol Rep Program
Meet Our Staff
2017 FUNDRAISING YEAR • Rank for SEC/NCAA Basketball Tournament ticket assignments
FEBRUARY • Football Signing Day event • Final Annual Fund donation renewal/mailing for 2017
MARCH • Contribution deadline for football ticket renewals March 1st • Rank for football parking and away game ticket assignments
M AY • Coca-Cola Big Orange Caravan • Football donor seat relocations/ upgrades begin online
JUNE • Contribution deadline for basketball ticket renewals – June 30th
• Men’s and Women’s Basketball donor seat relocations/ upgrades end
OCTOBER • Basketball tickets and parking mailed
• Football home/away ticket application available online • Football parking application available online • Football ticket and parking application deadline – April 28th
J U LY • Rank for basketball parking • Basketball tickets and parking application available online • Basketball tickets and parking application deadline - July 31st
AUGUST • Football tickets and parking mailed • Men’s and Women’s Basketball donor seat relocations/ upgrades begin online
NOVEMBER • First Tennessee Fund donation renewal mailing
DECEMBER • Year-end donation deadline – December 30th
• Rank for SEC/Bowl Game ticket assignments
2017 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE SEP 4
at GEORGIA TECH
VS. INDIANA ST.
VS. SOUTHERN MISS
VS. S. CAROLINA
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HOW DO I GET INVOLVED? Donations Be a part of the VOLUNTEER team with your Tennessee Fund donation! Each Tennessee Fund member’s priority and access to season benefits are determined by annual giving level and donor rank, based upon the Tennessee Fund point system. This system rewards 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.
Enjoy the Game!
It’s easy to reserve the same seats annually
Tennessee Fund members receive priority to
Having secured your season seats, your game
with your renewal donation to the Tennessee
purchase season parking passes for Football,
day experience will be enhanced as you
Fund. Your Tennessee Fund donation is
Men’s Basketball and Lady Vols Basketball
faithfully support the Vols year in and year out.
applicable to multiple sports. Football, Men’s
home games. All parking, including accessible
Your gift will help provide resources needed
Basketball and Lady Vols Basketball season
parking, is reassigned annually by the
for University of Tennessee student-athletes
tickets require a Tennessee Fund donation –
Tennessee Fund and subject to change based
to pursue excellence in the classroom and
which are available for purchase every season,
on donor rank, parking lot availability and
and cover the cost of admission to home
University construction projects. Although not
games. Specific gift amounts for certain seating
a guarantee, being a Tennessee Fund donor
sections in each venue are required. Go online
makes you eligible to purchase season parking
to tennesseefund.org to view seating chart
passes. The number and location of parking
maps for Neyland Stadium and Thompson-
passes is determined by the season ticket
Boling Arena, as well as an interactive 3-D
holder’s annual priority level and donor rank.
seating chart. For more information, please call 865-974-1218. A limited number of season tickets are available to purchase that do NOT require a donation. Please visit allvols.com or call 865-656-1200 for more information.
THANK YOU Through the generosity of over 14,000 members, the Tennessee Fund provides support for expenses associated with 20 intercollegiate sports. As we strive to win championships in the nationâ€™s best conference, 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 nearly $100,000 annually. These expenses add up, as UT supports over 500 student-athletes. Your continued passion and generosity for Tennessee Athletics is essential to ensuring all student-athletes are provided the necessary resources to achieve comprehensive excellence on the field and in the classroom. YOU make the difference in their success!
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Todd Kelly Jr. Junior Knoxville, TN
In order to compete nationally, the University of Tennessee must ensure
With scholarship costs rising nationally, it is imperative that the Tennessee
the top in-state recruits are choosing to play for the Volunteers while also
Fund increases both memberships and gifts to cover these costs. Every
attracting the best national recruits. Tennessee has a large number of
donor and dollar count toward making the student-athlete dream become
out-of-state student-athletes, resulting in higher tuition costs than many
a reality. The education and life lessons our students receive are priceless.
of our peers.
Consider increasing your gift or referring a friend to the Tennessee Fund.
$3,441 EQUIPMENT SCHOLARSHIP*
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
$4,730 STUDENT-ATHLETE STIPEND Data based on the following assumptions: Average studentathlete expenses for FY16-17 based on 510 total S-A. 260.2 S-A scholarships (83% out-of-state, 17% in-state). *Includes tuition, room/board and summer school.
STUDENT-ATHLETE COST OF EXPERIENCE
THIS IS BIG ORANGE COUNTRY
14,554 TOTAL DONORS
2 5 1
1 6 17 1
# of Student Athletes
No Student Athletes or Donors
# of Donors
OTHER TERRITORIES REPRESENTED
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ANNUAL GIVING LEVELS & BENEFITS Each Tennessee Fund member’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 37 for information on the priority point system). For premium seating giving levels & benefits see pages 17, 24 and 25.
DONOR BENEFIT CHART Benefits/Membership Level
Invitation to TN Fund Day
Vol & Lady Vol Basketball Priority (Renewable) Season Ticket Opportunity
Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball Parking Priority*
Priority III opportunity to purchase 1 pass
Priority III opportunity to purchase 1 pass
Vol & Lady Vol SEC & NCAA Tournament Tickets*
Football Priority (Renewable) Season Ticket Opportunity
Eligible to Request Postseason Tickets
Football Away Game Ticket Opportunity
Invitation to VIP Events
*with purchase of season tickets †Over a 10-year period *See pages 22-25 or visit tennesseefund.org/parking-passes for more information.
Priority III opportunity to purchase 1 pass
Priority II opportunity to purchase 1 pass
Priority I opportunity to purchase 2 passes
Priority I opportunity to purchase 3 passes
Priority I opportunity to purchase 3 passes
HOW TO DONATE
There are several ways to become a donor to the Tennessee Fund. Here are just a few of the ways to support Tennessee Athletics.
Pledge You may pledge to join the Tennessee
Monthly Credit Cards & E-Check Payments
at your place of employment. You
All Tennessee Fund donors have an
may be able to double or triple the
online account. If you are visiting the
value of your gift and benefits. Your
site for the first time and are a current
initial gift and matching form must be
Tennessee Fund member, please call
received by March 1, but the matching
the Tennessee Fund office to submit
gift may be completed throughout
an online request to receive your
account number, and then register
Fund at a specific level and pay
Donations can be made by monthly
the pledge in full or in installments,
installments. Monthly installments
completing your pledge by March 1.
can be paid by either recurring
Statements will be sent periodically
credit/debit cards or automatic bank
throughout the year reminding you
drafts. By signing up for monthly
of the March 1 deadline and the
installments, you may have your
Some companies may not match gifts
contribution balance remaining.
credit/debit card or bank account
if the donor receives any benefit as
charged monthly. In order to stop
a result of the gift. Please check with
monthly installments, you must
the Tennessee Fund and the matching
submit a letter to the Tennessee Fund
company to be sure that the matching
• View your priority points
notifying us of your decision. If there
sum can be used for donor benefits.
• View your current seat location
are two failed payments, the ability
If the company chooses to stop
• Update your mailing address
to use monthly installments will
matching a donor’s gift, the donor
Contributing online is secure, saves
is responsible for the entire annual
time and postage, and provides
contribution to maintain the benefits
immediate confirmation that your gift
provided by the matching gift.
has been received.
Gifts for premium seating such as
Making the Donation Donations can be made to the Tennessee Fund by cash, check and credit card. It is important to make all donations payable to the University of Tennessee Foundation. The Tennessee Fund accepts American
Each year, donors must resubmit the
Express, Discover, MasterCard and
account information needed by the
Visa credit and debit cards.
Tennessee Fund office to continue
The Tennessee Fund accepts e-checks and credit cards online at
paying by bank draft.
new Tennessee Fund members can register directly online. Visiting your account online allows you to:
Skybox, East & West Club, Terrace, The Tennessee Fund offers the ability
to make gifts online. New donors
list the name, account number and
Many companies will match your
donors looking to renew their gifts
routing number as it appears on your
gifts to The University of Tennessee.
should visit tennesseefund.org.
bank account when using an e-check.
Please consult the benefits office
tennesseefund.org. It is important to
using a valid email address. All
making first-time gifts and existing
Basketball Luxury and Loge seats or any capital campaign gift can be made directly to the Tennessee Fund office by phone, mail or online at tennesseefund.org.
Tax Information 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.
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FOOTBALL SEASON TICKET GUIDELINES Lower Level West Sideline
Sections U or T
Sections R, S, V or W
Section C, D
Section B, E
Section C, D (Rows 1-10)
Section B (Rows 1-10)
Section A (Rows 1-30)
Visiting Team Seating
Section A, F
Visiting Team Seating
South End Zone
AA, BB, EE, FF
North End Zone
North End Zone
South End Zone
Sections XX1-ZZ15 Rows 1-2 (Chairbacks)
Rows 13-26 (Chairbacks)
Sections GG-QQ Box chairbacks
II-QQ (Rows 16+)
No Donation Required
Visiting Team Seating
These gift amounts do not guarantee seats in Neyland Stadium. The listed annual donation levels are to provide new Tennessee Fund donors with an idea of the approximate amount required to sit in a specific section, based upon the 2016 season. All amounts are listed as a donation per seat 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 future renovations of Neyland Stadium. In addition, the cost of season tickets may vary on an annual basis.
Jauan Jennings Sophomore Murfreesboro, TN
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John Kelly Sophomore Detroit, MI
As a benefit of membership, Tennessee Fund donors receive first priority
for away game tickets. Demand for some games will exceed demand
for others, varying the number of donors able to receive tickets for each game. Away game ticket quantities are determined by giving category, and seat assignments are made in relation to donor rank. The number of tickets eligible for purchase for each game is indicated on the season ticket application. Donors eligible to pre-order away game tickets should do so when renewing their season tickets. In the case that demand exceeds supply, donors will be refunded.
Annual Giving Category Georgia Tech, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri
Rocky Top, NDS, Gold Victor (East Club, West Club, TN Terrace - 6+ seats) Rank 1-500 All others in category
Approximate 2017 Away Game Ticket Availability
Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
(East Club, West Club, TN Terrace - 4 seats) Rank 1-2,500 6 All others in category 4
Bronze Victor (East Club, West Club, TN Terrace - 2 seats) Rank 1-3,500 4 All others in category 2
Mountaineer Rank 1-2,500 All others in category
Trailblazer Rank 1-1,000 All others in category
This chart displays number of away game tickets eligible to REQUEST each April. These requests are not guaranteed and may be refunded depending on ticket demand and donor rank.
The total UT ticket allotment includes seating for students, playersâ€™ families, coaches, band and administrative staff. After those tickets are allocated, remaining tickets are assigned to Tennessee Fund members. In an effort to distribute away game tickets in an equitable manner, the Tennessee Fund places high priority on donor rank during the assignment process. Therefore, the number of tickets a person can purchase is determined by his or her Tennessee Fund rank and giving level. Please remember donor rank is determined by points accrued from contributions made and consecutive years of giving (see page 37 for information on the priority point system). If you have questions about your ranking, the point system, or the away game assignment process, please contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218.
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Robert Hubbs III Senior Newbern, TN
Seating & Donation Amounts
These gift amounts do not guarantee seats in any location in Thompson-Boling Arena. The listed annual donation levels 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 2016 season. All amounts are listed as a donation per seat and allow the donor to renew the same seats each year if the contribution is made annually. 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 five 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. Due to a high renewal rate, lower level side court seating is usually unavailable. Please contact the Tennessee Fund for seating availability.
Southeastern Conference & NCAA Tournaments The number of SEC and NCAA Tournament tickets the athletic department receives is determined by the host site,
Side Court Seats
Contact TN Fund for availability
$2,500 per seat minimum
Baseline Corner Seats
$1,250 per seat minimum
Behind the Goals
$500 per seat minimum
$250 per seat minimum
All Other Sections
$50 per seat minimum
Sections 123-126, 129
causing fluctuation in the number of donors who are able to order 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. Donors must purchase season tickets to qualify.
Away Game Tickets Road game basketball tickets are not available through the UT Ticket Office. Please contact the ticket office at the host school for more information.
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Jaime Nared Junior Portland, OR
Lady Vol basketball season tickets in the 100 and 200 levels require a minimum $1,000 donation per seat on the side court and a minimum $100 donation per seat in the corners and behind the goal for Tennessee Fund members or existing members interested in additional tickets. Locations are determined by annual giving level, priority point rank, and are subject to availability. Please call the Tennessee Fund office for specific availability.
Southeastern Conference & NCAA Tournaments Tennessee Fund donors also receive the opportunity to purchase postseason tournament tickets. The number of SEC and NCAA Tournament tickets the athletic department receives is determined by the host site, causing fluctuation in the number of donors who are able to order tickets. Donors must purchase regular season tickets to qualify. TICKET TYPE
For more information,
Sections 119-123, 103-107, 218-223
$1,000 per seat/minimum
contact the Tennessee
Sections 100-102, 108, 118, 124-128,
$100 per seat
Fund office at (865) 974-1218.
130-131, 200-217, 224-231 100 Level
Sections 109-112, 114-117
Sections 301-331A, 309-311A, 315A-327
Current UT Students
Free with Student ID
Sections 312-314, 328-330
Sections 113, 129
Jordan Reynolds Senior Portland, OR
Seating & Donation Amounts
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All donors giving
All donors giving
All donors giving
$10,000+ annually are eligible to purchase two or more passes,
annually are eligible to
annually are eligible to
based on giving level and
purchase one pass, based on
purchase one pass, based on
priority point rank.
priority point rank.
priority point rank.
All parking, including accessible parking, is reassigned annually by Tennessee Fund priority level and donor rank, then by lot preference. Your priority level is determined by your annual contribution. Each annual giving category is assigned independently. Donors must purchase season tickets to be eligible. Please be aware that no choice or previous parking assignment is guaranteed. Football parking is assigned by priority level and donor rank as of March 1. Menâ€™s basketball and womenâ€™s basketball parking is assigned by priority level and donor rank as of June 30.
FOOTBALL PARKING LOTS
Parking Garage Clearances C21 6’10” clearance
G10 7’8” clearance
to change without notice. More details
G1 7’6” clearance
11th Street 8’2” clearance
about parking areas are provided at
G3 6’6” clearance
Locust Street 7’0” clearance
G4 6’8” clearance
G16 8’6” clearance
NOTE: Parking area availability is subject
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2017-18 BASKETBALL PARKING Basketball season ticket holders are on their Tennessee Fund giving level and donor rank. * Luxury suite, loge seat, premium floor seat and baseline premium floor seat holders will receive their parking passes automatically with tickets as the charge is
Basketball Parking Pass Eligibility
eligible to purchase parking passes based
(5) assigned in Priority I
(4) assigned in Priority II
(3) assigned in Priority III
(2) assigned in Priority III
$100+ annually / HILL
(1) assigned in Priority III
Arena Donor: 5+ Season Tickets
(2) in G10 (men's only)
Arena Donor: 2-4 Season Tickets
(1) in G10 (men's only)
billed into the licensing cost.
BASKETBALL PARKING LOTS NOTE: In order to accommodate the most donors in G5/30, no account
Parking Garage Clearances G16 8'6" clearance
G4 6'8" clearance
G3 6'6" clearance
G10 7'8" clearance
will be assigned more than (1) pass in G5/30. All basketball parking, including accessible parking, is reassigned each year according to priority level and donor rank, and donors must purchase season tickets to be eligible for parking.
2017 PARKING FAQS $5,000 contribution associated with
and one pass in Priority III (for the A: All parking, including accessible parking, is reassigned annually by Tennessee Fund donor rank within each priority. Your priority level is determined by your annual contribution. Each annual giving category is assigned independently. Donors must purchase season tickets to be eligible.
Priority I – $10,000+
Priority II – $5,000 – $9,999
Priority III – $100 - $4,999
A: Each annual giving category is assigned independently based on the priority level it falls under. Annual fund donation levels are not combined to establish priority levels. For example, a donor with two seats in the Tennessee Terrace that also makes a $1,000 donation for seating in the north lower deck would have one pass assigned based on their donor rank in Priority II (for the
4 Tennessee Terrace Seats*: 2 parking passes in Priority I
6 or more Tennessee Terrace Seats*: 1 parking pass per pair in Priority I
Silver Victor ($10,000 annual contribution): Eligible to purchase 2 parking passes in Priority I
$1,000 Trailblazer contribution) for a total of two passes.
• • • • • • • • • •
Priority I – $10,000+ Priority II – $5,000 – $9,999 Priority III – $100 - $4,999 Foothills: $100
Trailblazer: $1,000 Mountaineer: $2,500 Bronze Victor: $5,000 Silver Victor: $10,000 Gold Victor: $15,000 NDS: $250,000* *Over 10-year period
Q: I have several types of giving with the Tennessee Fund. How is my parking assigned?
two seats in the Tennessee Terrace)
Q: How many football parking passes can I purchase? A: The number of parking passes you
A: To apply for accessible parking, please return your completed application by the deadline along with photocopies of the following documents to the Tennessee Fund
Gold Victor or NDS ($15,000+ annual contribution): Eligible to purchase 3 parking passes in Priority I Rocky* (Skybox holder): 4 parking passes in Priority I
Cost of Rocky, East Club, West Club and Tennessee Terrace car parking is included in licensing fee. Motorhome parking may cost extra, depending on preferences. Visit tennesseefund.org/parking-passes for more information.
office: state-issued photo ID, state-issued registration for the handicap placard, and the stateissued handicap placard (or license plate). All photocopies must be clear and legible, and the name on the registration/ID needs to match the donor account. Applications are incomplete until all documentation is received. Accessible parking is reassigned each season according
Q: How is my loyalty rewarded?
to Tennessee Fund priority level and rank until all spaces are filled.
* A: Your parking pass is assigned
receive is determined by your annual
based on your Tennessee Fund rank
cash gift. Donors giving $100-$9,999
within your priority level. Your rank is
annually are eligible to purchase one
determined primarily by your lifetime
pass. Donors giving $10,000 or more
giving. Additionally, you can receive
annually are eligible to purchase
points for consecutive years of giving,
more than one pass.
alumni status or other factors. For a
comprehensive list, please see page 37.
East/West Club Seats*: 1 parking pass per pair in Priority I
Q: I have accessible parking needs. How is my parking assigned?
Visit tennesseefund.org/ parking-passes for more information.
Q: How is parking assigned?
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GENERAL TICKET INFORMATION Mailing Information
Season tickets are shipped separately from
Payment must be made by check, VISA,
individual and away game tickets and will NOT
MasterCard, American Express or Discover. Checks
arrive in the same package. Season tickets are
should be made payable to The University of
sent out via UPS and require a street address.
Tennessee. Payment must be made by applicant
Please confirm your address at the time you
or spouse; no second-party payments will be
place a ticket order, as it is not possible to make
accepted. Cash will be accepted only from the
address changes after tickets are printed. You
person whose name appears on the application,
must submit a change of address in writing to the
and an ID will be required.
Tennessee Fund office, or you can update your mailing address by accessing your account at allvols.com.
Lost, Stolen or Destroyed Tickets
Charge by Phone or Online Orders for available individual game tickets may be made using VISA, MasterCard, American Express
The UT Athletic Department is NOT responsible
or Discover. All orders placed the week of the
for lost, stolen or destroyed tickets. If you
game will not be mailed but may be held for pickup
purchase tickets directly from the University of
at the ticket office or sent via email. All emailed
Tennessee and they are lost, stolen or destroyed,
tickets must be printed by purchaser and brought
please contact the UT Ticket Office at (865) 656-
to the gate for admittance. Each order includes a
1200 for replacement options.
service charge. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. If tickets
Accessible Seating The University of Tennessee is proud to offer seating for individuals in wheelchairs, available
are not picked up, no refunds will be issued. Visit allvols.com for more information.
on a seasonal and individual game basis. Please
The UT Ticket Office is located at the northwest
contact the UT Ticket Office at (865) 656-1200 or
corner of Thompson-Boling Arena on the corner
(800) 332-8657 for further information. Seating is
of Phillip Fulmer Way and Lake Loudoun Blvd.
limited, so please make arrangements early.
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday
For patrons needing an elevator pass due to accessibility needs, please contact Event Management at (865) 974-1205.
- Friday. For more information, please contact the ticket office at (800) 332-VOLS (8657) or (865) 656-1200.
Visit allvols.com for up-to-date ticket information.
Christian Coleman Junior Atlanta, GA
Luis Valero Junior Cali, Colombia
Katie Cousins Sophomore Forest, VA
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02 01 East Club and West Club Seating in Neyland Stadium The East and West Clubs offer Volunteer fans the opportunity to enjoy games at Neyland Stadium in one of the finest premium seating areas in all of college sports. Undercover, luxurious leather chairback seating, an adjoining indoor club area, all-inclusive food and refreshments, and flat-screen televisions showing college football games from across the country provide you and your guests a special place to spend fall Saturdays. A football parking pass in Priority I is included per pair of club seats.
receiving the best seats in one of the following venues: Neyland Stadium, Thompson-Boling Arena, Sherri Parker Lee Stadium and Lindsey Nelson Stadium. For detailed information and availability of premium seating options, please contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218 or visit tennesseefund.org.
03 Rocky Top (Neyland Stadium Skybox Seating) Skybox seating offers Volunteer football fans a private setting to view all the gameday action with their guests. Each box seats 16 people and includes a private refrigerator, wet bar and locked cabinets for box holders to use
throughout the season. An adjoining lounge area offers all-inclusive food and refreshments,
Tennessee Terrace Located along the west upper deck of Neyland Stadium, the Tennessee Terrace features chairback seats and cup holders, with a sideline view of all the action. The adjoining indoor concourse offers an expanded concession menu, restrooms, and flat-screen televisions featuring other college football games in a climatecontrolled setting overlooking campus. A football parking pass per pair of Terrace seats is included.
providing box holders with an effortless gameday experience. Rocky Top Benefits • Football Season Ticket Priority – 16 seats • Away Game and Post-Season Ticket Priority • Football Parking - will be assigned four parking passes in Priority I • Basketball Season Ticket Priority • Football Yearbook
Premium seating at the University of Tennessee is a great way to take a leadership role in supporting the Vols while
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Thompson-Boling Arena Luxury Suites Vol and Lady Vol basketball fans can enjoy games in a private setting from one of our 32 luxury suites. These premium suites vary in size from 10, 12, or 16 seats and provide seat holders with a private refrigerator and locked cabinets to use throughout
the season. In addition to tickets and parking for all
home games for both sports, suite holders receive the first opportunity to purchase tickets in their
Thompson-Boling Arena Loge Seats
suites for other arena events throughout the year.
Located on the north side court, directly beneath the luxury suites, loge seats offer fans the opportunity to enjoy games from the comfort of cushioned, oversized chairs complete with private adjoining hospitality areas and wait service. In addition to tickets and parking for all home games for both sports, seat holders receive the first opportunity to purchase tickets in their seats for other arena events throughout the year.
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Thompson-Boling Arena Mid-Court Seating Mid-court seats provide Tennessee basketball fans a true in-game experience and an exciting vantage point of the on-court action. These seats are located on the lower side court between the foul lines and include eligibility for priority parking close to the arena.
Located just off the court in the East end of the Arena, the baseline floor seats offer luxury seating right next to the action. This section includes two rows of floor seating for Vols basketball and 1 row of seating for Lady Vols basketball. Cost for these seats includes a pass to the Courtside Club at The Ray Mears Room for every game (pre-game and halftime meals, snacks and refreshments) as well as parking convenient to the seats. Not in background photo.
Suite Level at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium Softball suites provide an exclusive setting for fans to take in the action of Lady Vol softball games. These eight-person suites include a climate-controlled interior room with a private refrigerator. Suite holders have the opportunity to purchase 8 tickets to all home softball games, four parking
passes, and are eligible to purchase tickets to postseason games and special events at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
Linsdey Nelson Stadium MVP Field-Level seats bring fans closer to the game than ever before while also providing a meaningful contribution to Tennessee Athletics. Located directly behind home plate, MVP Field-Level seats feature padded chairback seating with cup holders and access to an interior club room where seat holders can enjoy all-inclusive food and refreshments prior to and during the game. All MVP Field-Level seat holders receive a parking pass.
Your passion. Your legacY. Planned Giving & Endowment Society
Tennessee Always invites you to be a part of our team and support University of Tennessee athletics
by thoughtful estate planning and through our endowment program. Your membership not only encourages our studentathletes today, but can create opportunities for generations to come. Many planned gifts allow you
a part of tennessee.
to receive substantial tax advantages and other unique benefits while giving generous support to the University’s athletic programs.
Your Passion. Your Legacy.
For more information
You’ll Be… a part of Tennessee.
about Tennessee Always please contact (865) 974-1218 or visit tennesseealways.org
Gifts of Appreciated Property You may make gifts of appreciated stock, mutual funds, or real estate and take an income tax deduction for the giftâ€™s current fair market value. When UT sells the property, all capital gains taxes that would have been owed on the sale are avoided.
Charitable Remainder Trust You may fund the trust with cash or appreciated assets and receive income for your life and the life of a loved one after the donated asset is sold by the trust. Again, all capital gains taxes are avoided on the sale. You receive a partial income tax deduction based on age and the amount of income
includes five additional years of complimentary
your lifetime, but the asset is removed from your
annual benefits through the Tennessee Fund
estate. You remain responsible for maintenance,
office. The Tennessee Fund office will provide the
taxes, and insurance on the property.
appropriate agreements to complete the gift.
WAYS TO GIVE
property. You retain the use of the property for
You may make UT Athletics the full or partial
Athletic endowments at the University of
beneficiary of an IRA or other tax-advantaged
Tennessee provide a permanent source of income
retirement plan and avoid income taxes that
to support student-athletes and allow them to
may be charged to the estate based on its
develop and compete for championships each
year. These endowments assist in providing the
Charitable Gift Annuity
a leadership contribution that leaves a lasting
securities, or cash, the UT Foundation will
impression on UT Athletics and the individuals
contractually guarantee to pay you or another
donning the Orange and White. Endowments may
beneficiary a specified annuity for a set number
be established and named beginning at $25,000.
of years or a lifetime.
They help to ensure that future generations of student-athletes will have the opportunity to
Life Income Gifts tax advantages while providing the donor with income for a designated period of time or for life. They provide the athletic department with an endowed scholarship or operating fund gift upon the completion of the trust or donorâ€™s death. You also are encouraged to consult your
Gifts of this nature allow donors to give a dollar
tax advisor. Benefits for these gifts
amount, a percentage of their estate, or the
must be evaluated on an individual
residuary (the remainder after specified bequests
are fulfilled), to UT athletics in their will or living a bequest and designate the Tennessee Fund donor point credit to another individual upon the realization of the gift.
become part of the Tennessee family.
Charitable remainder trusts can provide current
assets are removed from your estate.
trust. This also allows the opportunity to document
athletics programs. Funding an endowment is
In exchange for a gift of property, marketable
received from the trust. Furthermore, the trust
funds for athletic scholarships across all Volunteer
Nathan Dougherty Society The opportunity to fully endow a scholarship with the Volunteers exists at the $250,000 level and entitles donors
Retained Life Estate
to membership in the Nathan Dougherty
You may deed your home, vacation home, or
installments over a 10-year period, and
farm to UT Athletics and receive an income tax
all donations are earmarked specifically
deduction based on your age and the value of the
for endowment. Completion of the gift
Society. These gifts can be made in equal
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The Volunteer Representative Program is open to any active
and has since grown to over 250 Vol Reps across the entire state
Tennessee Fund donor that wishes to serve as an ambassador for
of Tennessee and other states across the country. The Vol Rep
Tennessee Athletics and the Tennessee Fund in their community.
Program is successful due to the generosity of our volunteers
This program was originally founded in 1993 in seven major cities
who donate their time and resources year-round to advance the vision of Tennessee Athletics.
VOL REPS: Assist Tennessee Athletics in the pursuit of comprehensive excellence by facilitating connections between their personal contacts and the Tennessee Fund with the goal of
VOL REP CALENDAR
helping to identify potential new donors Communicate news and updates about Tennessee Athletics to fans and Tennessee Fund donors in their communities
August Vol Rep Kickoff Event
Earn rewards based on the success of their individual fundraising efforts, such as unique on-campus experiences, official Tennessee gear, Tennessee Fund priority points, and much more
September â€“ November Vol Rep Local Meetings
BE A VOL REP!
The Tennessee Fund is always looking for more donors to serve as Vol Reps. Sign up
Vol Rep Competition Deadline â€“ March 1
today at volreps.com or call the Tennessee Fund at (865) 974-1218.
April Vol Rep Rewards Luncheon
MEET THE STAFF
NCAA COMPLIANCE The University of Tennessee Athletic Department (UTAD) and individuals affiliated with the department, including donors, are governed by the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Dr. Michael "Mikki" Allen
(NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference
Director of Athletics Development for Middle TN
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Associate Director of Campaigns
Gift Records Specialist III
(SEC). Ensuring compliance with NCAA and SEC rules is a top priority for the UTAD. Compliance should be everyone’s responsibility, especially for our donors. Rule violations involving donors may adversely impact the eligibility of current student-athletes as well as prospective student-athletes (recruits). Additionally, violations involving donors may prevent any future association with the UTAD. Your
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Gift Records Specialist III
Chief Development Officer - Associate Athletic Director
Senior Director of Development
participation and acceptance of benefits and privileges available from the UTAD is your acknowledgement and agreement to abide by the rules and regulations of the NCAA, SEC and the UTAD.
The UTAD Compliance Office serves as a resource for everyone affiliated with the UTAD. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Compliance Office at (865) 974-3871 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tyler Kai
Assistant Director of Campaigns
Assistant AD for Development
Assistant Director of Internal Operations
Associate Director of Annual Giving
Director of Planned Giving and Endowments
Development Assistant II
Associate Director of Campaigns
Director of Annual Giving
Director of Internal Operations
“ PLAYING BY THE RULES”
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GENERAL FAQS Q: How is my gift to the Tennessee Fund used? A: Your gift to the Tennessee Fund is used for student-athlete scholarships, facility upkeep and general operating budget needs. Over 500 student-athletes on campus, your donations play a critical role in the success of UT Athletics programs.
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 football and menâ€™s/womenâ€™s basketball. The gift amount corresponds to seating locations that each donor is eligible for based upon giving level and availability.
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 through which these benefits could be distributed fairly. The Tennessee Fund was created, in part, to
Q: How are season tickets assigned and how can I improve my current season tickets? A: Once season ticket priority is established, donors must maintain or increase their giving
A: The Tennessee Fund was founded in 1986.
level on an annual basis to retain their season
Anyone who was already purchasing season
ticket location. If ticket holders wish to
tickets at that time was not required to make
improve a seat location, they must be active
an annual Tennessee Fund gift to retain these
Tennessee Fund donors and will be notified of
tickets. Beginning with the 2006 season,
opportunities to do so via their email accounts.
grandfathered season ticket holders on the
It is important that our donors keep their
sidelines were given the opportunity to begin
email addresses updated with our office, as we
making a donation at a reduced rate or move
primarily use electronic communication for this
their seating location to the end zones and have
process. Donors may review seat opportunities
those remain grandfathered. Grandfathered
through our online virtual seat maps of Neyland
tickets still remain in the upper and lower level
Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena.
end zones at Neyland Stadium.
Q: I am a $1,000 donor with a Tennessee Fund rank of 2,800 and season tickets in section X2. My friend is a $2,500 donor with a Tennessee Fund rank of 5,000. 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?
Q: Once I have priority football or basketball season tickets, how do I keep them?
A: Based on her higher annual giving level, your
priority to purchase your tickets. For donors to
friend would have her ticket request reviewed
continue renewing at their initial donation level,
first. However, if you chose to increase your
they must renew their seats each year. Any year
annual giving level by March 1, your request
of non-renewal requires donors to contribute at
would be reviewed first because of your
the current donation level.
higher point ranking.
help address the needs of our growing donor base. The donor priority point system allows us to track support and award benefits as a way to say thank you for the support. Donor generosity has allowed Tennessee Athletics to be 100% self-funded without financial support from tax or tuition-derived dollars.
Q: My friend tells me that his season football tickets are grandfathered. What does this mean?
Relocating your seats to R or W would most likely require you to increase your giving level. Based on last yearâ€™s requirements, a new donor who received tickets in sections R or W was a $2,500 annual donor.
A: Once you purchase season tickets through the Tennessee Fund, you will have the option to renew the same seats each year. The gift amount associated with your seats when you first purchased them will become the minimum annual donation required to retain the same location. As long as you continue to maintain the same annual gift, you will maintain the
Q: I still have questions. The Tennessee Fund staff may be contacted Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm by phone at 865-974-1218, by email at email@example.com, or by chat at www.tennesseefund.org.
A: Yes, the Internal Revenue Service allows a
50 pts. Awarded for gifts given prior to 1986 (one-time award)
Football and Basketball Parking Pass Assignments
50 pts. Awarded for 20 consecutive years of
The TN Fund uses the point system during the
giving (one-time award)
parking allocation process with the priority
full deduction on contributions where there is no tangible or intangible benefit to the donor. Otherwise an 80% deduction is allowed when the benefit is recieved. Contact your financial advisor for detailed information.
Priority Point System Definition of the Point System 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 and the cumulative amount of their contributions. This system seeks to reward both longevity and gift amount when
*Formerly VASF and Lady Vol Boost-Her Club
are assigned in Priority I by donor rank as 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. The Tennessee Fund ranks donors four times annually. 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
are assigned parking in Priority III by donor rank. (See pages 22 – 25 for specific information on parking). Away Football Games, SEC Postseason Games / Tournaments, and Bowl Game
The Tennessee Fund uses donor rank, as determined by the point system, in two ways
Post-November 1 Ranking Used for SEC Championship/
when managing the assignment of away football
Bowl Game assignments Post-January 1 Ranking Used for Vol and Lady Vol SEC/ NCAA Tournament assignments
Use of the Point System
games, SEC postseason games/tournaments, and bowl tickets. The donor’s annual giving category is the primary factor in determining the quantity of tickets the donor may receive. Once it has been determined who will receive tickets to these
1 pt. Awarded for each $100 donated to the
Season ticket upgrade opportunities take place
Tennessee Fund* since 1986
online using our virtual stadium & arena seat
1 pt. Awarded for each $100 donated to Capital/
maps. Donors are put in rank order and given a
Endowment funds since 1986
selection time at the end of May (football) and at the end of August (men’s & women’s basketball) in order to log in and view available season tickets in which to upgrade.
5 pts. Awarded for each consecutive year of giving to the Tennessee Fund since 1986
contributors donating $100 - $4,999 annually
basketball parking assignments
Points are allocated as follows:
raised by a Volunteer Representative
are assigned in Priority II by donor rank. Lastly,
Post-June 30 Ranking Used for Vol and Lady Vol
Season Football and Basketball Ticket Assignments and Improvements
1 pt. Awarded for each $1,000 in new money
donating between $5,000- $9,999 annually
of giving category.
determined by the point system. Contributors
away game ticket assignments
establishing priorities. With the point total, the Tennessee Fund can “rank” all donors regardless
giving levels. Contributors at $10,000 annually
The point system is used to prioritize between donors in the same giving category when season
10 pts. Awarded for UT alumni (one-time award
ticket requests are reviewed. Donors belonging
to the same annual giving category hold
50 pts. Awarded for UT letterman (one-time
different ranks based upon their accumulation
award per account)
of priority points. Thus, a $5,000 donor with an overall rank of 4,000 would be reviewed after a $5,000 donor with a rank of 1,000.
games, the actual ticket locations are assigned strictly in donor rank order.
Q: Is my contribution to the Tennessee Fund tax deductible?
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Kira Toussaint Senior Amstelveen, Netherlands 2016 Olympian