Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Just imagine-your name etched in SC State University’s Oliver C. Dawson Stadium, home to athletes who have persevered, home to coaches who have led our teams to victory and home to thousands of patrons, fans and SC State alumni who will witness your name for years to come. According to Anthony Holloman, vice president for Institutional Advancement at SC State University, the institution’s latest fundraising effort, the Bulldog Wall Fund, will give SC State supporters the opportunity to have their names engraved on individual bricks that will be placed on the Bulldog Wall at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.
“One of the things that was important to us was to find a way to create resources to support our athletics facilities,” says Holloman. “Clearly the greatest expense would lie in the maintenance of the surface of the football stadium.” Therefore, Holloman, former coach and chairperson for the Bulldog Wall campaign, Willie Jeffries, and the athletics department at SC State have undergone the Bulldog Wall initiative with the initial goal of selling 500 bricks at $500 per brick, ultimately raising $250,000 by Homecoming. Currently, the University has raised nearly $20,000 for the campaign, and Jeffries hopes that the reputation of Bulldog football will propel citizens to help the University surpass their goal.
“We have so many great true fans of the Bulldogs, and it will give them a chance to show their support, and more than that, it would raise money so that we can have a first class football team and a first class athletics department,” says Jeffries. “Hopefully I can be a catalyst to a successful wall by urging our former athletes and all of our true fans to buy a brick and to be recognized.”
If the University exceeds their goal, there will be a second phase for an additional Bulldog Wall. “If there’s a desire from other individuals to get involved who could not be the first 500 people to get bricks then we will have a second phase, so it will really be driven by numbers,” says Holloman.
If you would like to make an investment in the future of SC State athletics, complete the attached Bulldog Wall Fund form. Your engraved brick must be reserved by Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. The Bulldog Wall will be unveiled during SC State’s Homecoming. For more information, call (803) 536-8143.