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It’s been the Leatherneck way to do more with less.


but the time has come to

do more with more.


Want to see your Leathernecks, be more, do more, succeed more?

JOIN THE CLUB. At Western Illinois University, we’ve traditionally out-performed our resources. We’re scrappy and resourceful—and proud of it. But this mode of operation has kept us from reaching our fullest potential. As a Leatherneck Club member, your tax-deductible contribution will help supplement income from state funding and student fees to provide much-needed scholarships, equipment, support and training for Leatherneck Athletics. In short, it helps strengthen recruiting and narrows the gap between us and the competition. The Leatherneck Nation has excellent student-athletes, passionate fans and generous supporters—but we’ve only scratched the surface of what we can become. Let’s see what more we can do when we stand together. Join the Leatherneck Club today.

Join now!


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WIU’S ATHLETICS OPERATING BUDGET for 2010-11 was just under $10 million — that’s significantly less than what most other Missouri Valley Football Conference and Summit League schools are spending on comparable programs. To make matters worse, state allocations are declining, and income from self-generated sources — such as membership in our booster club — is also lagging behind the competition. In short, our student athletes have never needed you more.

2009-2010 Peer Institutions' Booster/Support Club Membership

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If we can do all this

For the fourth consecutive semester, Western Illinois student-athletes turned in a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a 77% Graduation Success Rate (GSR).

with less ... Twenty-five studentathletes earned a 4.0 GPA, 97 earned University Honors posting a 3.6 GPA and 212 (53.7%), earned a 3.0 or above. Leatherneck studentathletes again surpassed the University’s cumulative GPA for the Fall semester.

Western Illinois had three student-athletes named to the COSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District Team last fall: football’s Kyle Glazier (First Team Academic All-America) along with Jenny Green and Caitlin Barrett from women’s soccer.

In the Winter and Spring of 2010, 124 studentathletes earned Academic All-Summit League, while 50 earned All-league Academic honors in the Fall of 2010.

... imagine what we’d do

Student-athletes combined to volunteer 2,950 hours of community service in 2009-10, including the popular Rocky’s Reach, where student-athletes visit local elementary school classrooms on a weekly basis to read, play and interact with community school children.

with more.


WHEN YOU JOIN, YOU GET more, TOO: Tax-Deduction in support of Fighting Leatherneck Athletics (per IRS guidelines) Game Program & Web Recognition

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YOUNG ALUM? If it’s been four years or fewer since you graduated, we’ll match your initial gift* to the Leatherneck Club, so you can enjoy club benefits for less! From tailgating and socials, to regional ‘meet-and-greets’ and viewing parties, there are plenty of ways to join the fun. We’ll even waive your entry fee for the Leatherneck Club Golf Classic — a value of over $100. Join the club today!

Leatherneck Club Window Cling Leatherneck Club Membership Card Priority Parking Access for Football WIU adidas® Athletic Apparel Year-long 20% discount at WIU Bookstore (in-store & online)

Invitation to Pre-Game & Half-Time Leatherneck Hospitality Events, Including President’s Tent Season-Long Reserved Parking Space for Football & Basketball in Prime Tailgating Area Prime Seat Availability for High-Profile Games† Season-Long Priority Reserved Parking Space for Football & Basketball in Prime Tailgating Area Complimentary Invitation to Hall of Fame Banquet Premium Leatherneck Item (Memorabilia and/or embroidered, personalized WIU apparel in conjunction with WIU Bookstore) Invitation to Leatherneck Athletics Post-Season Banquets Invitation to Travel to Select Football or Basketball Away Games (Max. Two People) Athletic Director’s Special Event

*Does not apply to membership at President’s Club level. † Must be a Leatherneck Club member to be eligible to purchase prime seats at games such as Missouri football in 2011 and Iowa State football in 2012, post-season games, tournaments, etc.


Rocky’s Friends

Coaches’ Circle $100-249

$250-599

Captain

All-American

Purple & Gold $1,000-2,999

$3,000-4,999

$5,000-9,999

MVP

President’s Club

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6th Priority

5th Priority

4th Priority

$600-999

VIP

$10,000+

★ Note to WIU Faculty/Staff: Any gift of $100 or more to the Leatherneck Club by current WIU faculty or staff will be matched 100% by WIU Athletic Department (except invitation to travel with team and membership in President’s Club). For example, if original gift is $200, the WIU Athletic Department’s match raises the gift to $400 and the donor receives benefits at the newly elevated level.


Help us reach our goal of 1,000 club members this year. Join The Leatherneck Club by returning the enclosed card, or visit us online today! IMPORTANT DATES: July & August, 2011 Coaches’ Caravan (Social Events Around The Region For Alums & Fans) July 29, 2011 Deadline for Football Season Ticket renewals (To Guarantee Your Seats) August 15, 2011 Football Season Tickets and Parking Passes Mailed August 27, 2011 22nd Annual Purple & Gold Dinner/Auction September 15, 2011 Deadline for Basketball Season Ticket renewals September 30, 2011 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony October 1, 2011 Homecoming March 3-6, 2012 Summit League Men’s Basketball Tournament March 3-6, 2012 Summit League Women’s Basketball Tournament

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THE LEATHERNECK CLUB MISSION: To directly support the overall mission and goals of the Western Illinois University Department of Athletics by generating the funds for program and coaching enhancements and for scholarships for student-athletes in 20 varsity sports. It strives to embrace and engage the most dedicated Leatherneck fans within the Western Illinois University community to further promote the passion and camaraderie that makes Western so unique.

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Leatherneck Club Brochure 2011