Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 19, 2012

BC seeks commitments to 'adopt-a-player' project

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Alumni and community involvement in the revival of the football on the Bluefield College campus has been tremendous to date, but now BC leaders are calling on fans to get even more involved and in a much more intimate and rewarding way.

Through a new Adopt-a-Ram program, alumni and friends are connected directly to individual players and given the opportunity to build not only a program, but also the student-athletes who make up the team.

“Strong athletic programs are built from within, but the strongest have external support of alumni, friends and the community,” said BC’s Ruth Blankenship, vice president for advancement.

“This support includes financial gifts, but it can also be about building young men of character by being a mentor, friend or ‘second family.’ By participating in the Adopt-a-Ram program, fans can help our ‘young’ Rams become winners not only on the field, but also in the classroom and in life.”

Participants of the Adopt-a-Ram program receive personal information about their adopted player, along with numerous opportunities to meet their player during the season, including a special reception.

Beyond the personal relationships, the project brings vital financial support to the BC football program via the Rams Football Booster Club, which provides funds for scholarships, team uniforms, equipment, travel and other expenses.

Adopt-a-Ram participants may adopt one or more football players, depending on their giving level, which can range from as little as $25 to as much as $5,000 or more.

In addition to the satisfaction of personally mentoring BC student-athletes, club benefits include Rams football apparel, season tickets, and invitations to exclusive football gatherings.

“We are looking for people who care about sports and who have a passion for football and for promoting student success through the college’s football program,” said Blankenship.

“Fans who take part in the Adopt-a-Ram program will not only enjoy the thrills of the gridiron, but also the joy of knowing they are providing individualized care to the players and financial support for the entire football program.”

“It takes support from all levels to make a team a success, and gifts of all sizes help lead to victory,” said Blankenship. “Fans who join the Adopt-a-Ram program at any giving level will have the pride of knowing they are a part of the team and a part of making history supporting the return of football at Bluefield College.”

For more information, contact Blankenship by email at rblankenship@bluefield.edu or by phone at 276-326-4556, or visit the college web site at www. bluefield. edu / giving.

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