In the year 2000, tuition, books, room and board cost the athletic department $3.2 million dollars. This year those same expenses will cost $5 million. During the 2003 school year the athletic department received $3 million of support from the university while this year they only received $2.1 million dollars.
On the flip side there have been many wonderful things that have happened inside our athletic department over the past few years. In the year 2000 there were only 3,676 National Cyclone Club members, which generated $2.7 million in revenue. Today there are over 6,000 National Cyclone Club members generating over $4 million in revenue.
Many wonderful facility upgrades have also taken
place over the last few years. Jack
Trice Stadium has had many improvements, the Bergstrom Indoor Practice Facility
was built and just recently money was raised to build a much-needed
For many years I have asked myself, how can my
contributions compete with those of the doctors and lawyers who are donating
their money to the Iowa Hawkeyes?
How can Cyclone fans compete with the massive amounts of money the
Wal-Mart family donates to
I will warn you, the suggestion I am about to make
will not always be the quickest or the easiest method but I guarantee you it
will raise more money for
What I am suggesting is actually very easy: we
should just simply buy products and services from
Throughout all the years I have belonged to
There is actually more to this method than simply buying products and services from each other and that is making sure each company knows why you are doing business with them. If you simply buy a car from a dealer who supports ISU you are only completing half the transaction. To make the process complete we need to tell that business why we are doing business with them and make sure they know that you would like them to increase and or continue to support Iowa State monetarily.
If you want to take the process one step further,
tell that business owner where you saw their advertisement or how you know they
are an ISU supporter. The reason
for this is if XYZ Company is advertising with Cyclone Nation or advertising in
the football game day program or even if a company has an advertisement at one
of the games, they need to know that their money is well spent. If just one company stops paying to have
a billboard at one of the games that costs the athletic department a lot of
money so make sure these companies know you appreciate their support of
Now, I'm sure some of you may be asking yourself
how am I supposed to know which car dealership supports
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Many of us aren't able to contribute $10,000 to the
National Cyclone Club. For that
matter, many of us can't even afford to donate $500. Yet if we commit to supporting those who