Dear alumni, family, and friends of the UMBC XC/TF Program,
I am writing to inform you of one of our initiatives for the year 2014, which is to raise money to buy new record boards for the UMBC Track and Field teams. The picture below is our current school record board that is situated at the end of the track (current track athletes used for scale):
I am of the opinion that this record board does not truly represent a dedication to all the hard work athletes have done to earn a school record. In fact, many of you may not have even known that there was even a board at the end of the track, let alone that it contained (outdated) annals of the history of the UMBC Track and Field program. The current record board is essentially a 4′ x 6′ piece of plywood nailed to two 4″ x 4″‘s, where a laminated sheet of poster paper is mostly stapled behind lime-covered plexiglass. The laminated sheet of poster paper was the last renovation, in that it replaced the two sheets of typed (using a typewriter) paper stapled with one staple each.
With that said, I am heading an effort to raise money for new record boards, one for the men and one for the women, each of which would be placed in the hallway outside the locker rooms facing the track. My goal is to raise enough money to cover the costs in time to have them posted for Alumni Weekend and the Big Dawg Invite (Saturday, March 29th, 2014) depending upon the turnover of the company we are using. The estimated of the cost of the board is $2195. Below is a picture of what we have in the planning stage (click on image to see it bigger):
The men and women would have separate boards, each which would have the active events competed at the Indoor and Outdoor Conference Championships. The boards are a shade under six feet in height and a little over six feet in width. As mentioned before they would be hung on the wall in the hallway of the locker room complex and would be visible from lane eight on the track.
To start off the drive, Head Coach and alumnus David Bobb has pledged $100 to each board which leaves us to raise $1995 more to make this initiative to happen. There would be 62 more athletes listed on the board in its proposed format. If each of those athletes were to contribute only $32.00, we would be able to fund the entirety of the record boards. With that said, we will welcome donations from any member of the UMBC XC/TF extended family including alumni, family, friends, etc., for any amount, regardless of how small (or how big) it may be. We will do our best to make sure that anyone who contributes will be immortalized with the board in some manner, including a option for a “Donated by:” plate that the company is willing to put on the bottom of the board.
If you are interested in helping the cause, please send an email to me at: email@example.com, with your name, contact info (email/phone number) and how much you would like to pledge. If we are able to cover the cost of the boards, we will contact you to tell you how to make the final donation. If you have any specific questions regarding the board or the initiative, please feel free to email me or call me on my cell phone at 410-218-1551. I will keep the UMBC XC/TF community updated on our efforts as the pledges start coming in.
I look forward to ensuring that the history of the UMBC Track and Field program is properly represented for the past, current and future members of the team.
Head Cross Country Coach/Assistant Track & Field Coach