The “sleeping giant” at Arizona State University isn’t the football team anymore, it’s the Sun Devil Club.
For those not familiar, the Sun Devil Club is the main fundraising arm that supports student-athletes and the growth and development of ASU Athletics. When more small individual contributions occur, great things will happen.
All successful college athletic programs have generous and consistent support from their fans and alumni, and the key is to have everyone involved at some level. Contributions come in small and large amounts and new members can join the Sun Devil Club for as little as $10 per month.
There are thousands of ASU fans that have already made the choice to give back and do their part to support ASU Athletics. With over 300,000 alumni worldwide, the Sun Devil Club is just starting to scratch the surface.
We met with Gabe Cagwin, the Associate Athletic Director for Development, to determine where the organization is currently at, and where they want to go.
“The Sun Devil Club is committed to providing a first-class experience for our student-athletes and donors,” Cagwin said. “Without the generous support from our loyal donors, our student-athletes would not have the opportunity to receive a top 75 public university education or play in some of the country’s top facilities which are available at ASU.” Cagwin also added, “Because of our donors, we are enrolling the best and brightest student-athletes in the world and competing for national championships. So it is important for us to show our appreciation and give our donors an experience that they are excited about and want to share with their family and friends.”
Along with that clear mission, there are a number of goals and initiatives that they are working towards in the Sun Devil Club. Some of them include:
1) Doubling the currently active 10,000 memberships. 20,000 Devils who put just $10 behind their program equals an additional 2.4M annually toward the cause.
2) Increasing philanthropic gifts to the SDC by 30%.
3) Building a network of volunteers to help with referrals, renewals, and the promotion of Sun Devil Athletics across the state of Arizona and throughout the nation.
4) Enhancing current stewardship efforts through outreach, communication and the Sun Devil Club’s brand development.
Other priorities are to continue preliminary fundraising work on the Sun Devil Stadium campaign and to amplify the current sport-specific fundraising. If you have a specific area where you would like your contribution to go, simply include that in your comments on registration form.
DieHard Sun Devil fan and Sun Devil Club member Justin Prestegard added, “When ASU Fans and the Sun Devil Club are on the same page, it will build its revenue so fast we will have more freedom to grow exponentially.” He also added, “I think it’s safe to say that ultimately we all have the same dream for ASU Athletics, to be self-sustaining, operate in the black each year and get the booster support that can keep it growing. Now let’s take the next step.”
So take a look in the mirror Sun Devil fans and ask yourself, “Can I manage $10 or can I cut out one pizza or a few coffees a month?
While it takes just $10 a month or $100 a year, the message you send to the Athletic Department is what is most important. Your $10 a month and mine are a solid investment in a championship athletic program.
This is by far the #1 easiest move you can make to “speak victory” and become officially involved. Take less than 5 minutes to become a member now, then slap the official Sun Devil Club sticker on your car to send a message to fellow fans that you are “all in.” Tweet about it. Post to Facebook. Spread the word, and tell another Sun Devil.
Don’t join the Sun Devil Club for the benefits, the obligation or your conscience. Join because you’re a DieHard Sun Devil.
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