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Sports / Recreation

Ram Club launches annual membership drive

May 3, 2011
By Tony Phifer

The Ram Club, CSU's volunteer athletic booster organization, is in the midst of its annual drive to raise funds for student-athlete scholarships.

The annual Ram Club membership drive raises scholarship money for CSU's 300-plus student-athletes.Bolstered by an upgraded web site and focused on reaching new membership heights, CSU has launched its annual Ram Club membership drive.

Ram Club is a volunteer organization which provides scholarship support for CSU’s 300-plus student-athletes. Members receive numerous benefits, including access to the best seats at football and basketball games, invitations to VIP events, event parking permits and numerous other perks.

The most important function of Ram Club is raising money to support scholarships for student-athletes. Last year, members donated nearly $1.5 million for scholarships – about one-fifth of the total needed to fully fund scholarships.

Ambitious goal

CSU hopes to boost membership to 2,500 during the current drive. The previous high-water mark for membership was 2,434 in 2005; there were slightly more than 2,100 members in 2010-11.

“It’s a great challenge for us to reach that 2,500 mark,” said Mike LaPlante, CSU’s associate athletic director for development. “But we need every extra dollar, every additional member to help us reach our goals. If everybody’s in, this program can go far. Every dollar we raise moves us closer to being the type of program we aspire to be.”

With the face of Mountain West Conference dramatically changing in the next two years, LaPlante said CSU needs to position itself to compete at the highest level in the league. BYU and Utah are leaving the MWC this year, and TCU in 2012, but powerhouse Boise State is joining the league this fall before Fresno State, Nevada and Hawaii (football only) arrive in 2012.

CSU last in the MWC

Currently, CSU ranks last among its MWC peers in terms of booster club members and scholarship dollars raised.

“We’ve got to evolve because we want to be at the top of the conference,” LaPlante said. “There are some pretty powerful programs, in terms of booster support, coming into the league. We want to do our best to get at that level of support.”

Joining is easy, inexpensive

Memberships cost as little as $100; the more you donate, the better the benefits.

For more information or to join, visit the Ram Club web site or call Ram Club director Randy Kinder at (970) 491-7291.