The Change "$ $ $" Plan For UC Athletics

I have a wooden box that sits in my office, it's been there for years and I can't remember what it was to be used for originally. A friend suggested that I should empty the change in my pockets everyday into the box and see how much accumulated in a year's time.

That sounded like a good idea so I did it. Surprisingly this year's total came to a record of $279.33, all from loose change.

 

Now I am sure you are all very happy for me and my wooden box. But telling you about my wealth discovering secrets isn't why I am writing this piece. The real reason for this story is the chart below.

 

 

10000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6000

 

7400

7300

 

 

 

 

 

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2772

 

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UofL

UConn

Pitt

WVU

RU

Cuse

USF

UC

I stopped by the UCATS office last week for a visit, while there I decided to play devils advocate and challenge the UCATS team by asking "why should I or anyone else give to UCATS?" They came at me with several answers that were probably very good and certainly well intended, but I still wasn't' buying. I wanted to know as a father of 4 with a mortgage and all the other expenses in life what was in it for me? Now I'm no Scrooge, I'm plenty charitable but I guess when I think of giving, organizations like Children's Hospital win the battle.

 

The charity angle wasn't going to work on me at all. But my weakness was soon discovered, I'm as competitive as they come. I genuinely think that everything I am involved with should be the absolute best it can possibly be. It was the chart that got me.

 

The chart is the number of individuals who give to the respective Big East programs. There was my alma mater, dead last by a large margin. What made it really sad was that I know UC is the 3-rd largest school in the conference, only USF and Rutgers have more students and in theory at least, more alumni. We could fit Syracuse into McMicken Hall and they have us easily beaten. I wasn't' happy about this at all.

 

Now that I was exposed the numbers started coming. UC has 207,000 alumni, if only 10% committed to give something UC would be number 1 in the conference, at least in numbers of givers. They also hit me with the knowledge that I can tell them how to spend the money I do give, 40 % Football, 40% men's basketball, 15% women' sports, 5% baseball and men's soccer for instance. I liked that a lot.

 

However, my original question remained but was now slightly altered. How could a father of 4 with a mortgage and all the other expenses in life give to UCATS? Then it hit me, the box. Every day for the past few years I have mindlessly dumped money into the box, now I had a purpose. Make UC number 1.Here is the plan I came up with for myself and my box.

 

Starting with $279 dollars from my loose change box;

 

Purchase Cost
2 End Zone Seats $120.00 ($60 each)
UCATS Fees $50.00
BCI Membership $89.00
Total $260.00

 

Yes, It's crazy but I still pay for my membership!

 

That leaves me with $19 bucks for a couple of Warsteiner's at Nippert. Not bad for loose change.

 

Just to be clear, it isn't my intent to tell anyone how they should spend their own hard earned money; those are personal choices that need to be personal. My point is we all want UC to be the best in the conference, and really the best in the nation. Anything worth having costs something, but the cost of doing something may not be as much you think.  

 

10000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8000

8200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6000

 

7400

7300

 

 

 

 

 

4000

 

 

 

4900

5750

5000

 

 

2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

2772

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1962

 

UofL

UConn

Pitt

WVU

RU

Cuse

USF

UC


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