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ETSU unveils Kickoff Fund for football start-up

staff report • Apr 2, 2013 at 5:34 AM

JOHNSON CITY — Along with several major announcements on Tuesday regarding the start of a new football program, the East Tennessee State athletic department also unveiled plans for a new Kickoff Fund, which will immediately begin raising dollars for the start-up program.With a $250 donation — equal to the yearly athletics fee ETSU students will begin paying for the football program beginning this fall — alumni, fans and former football players will earn “priority points” toward the purchase of future season tickets while also securing limited invitations to special “football-related” announcements in the future.“We think this is a perfect way for those football supporters who have been dreaming of this day to immediately do something for the program,” said Dr. Richard Sander, ETSU’s interim athletic director. “With a gift of $250 they are saying that they are willing — just as our students are — to do their part financially to help us launch this new program.”Examples of events Kickoff Fund contributors will be invited to include the unveiling of the program’s helmets and uniforms, as well as the announcement of the team’s first head coach. The ETSU ticket office will also begin taking pre-orders for season tickets immediately, which will require a $50 “downpayment” per ticket. While this downpayment guarantees a seat somewhere in the new stadium, seating priority will be based on the priority points system, determined by annual giving to the Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association.For more information on the ETSU football program, visit athletic department’s website.

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