Campaign for the Future
Squash at the University of Virginia is one of the most exciting stories in intercollegiate and US squash. Over the past few seasons the UVa teams have made great strides on court and off, moving up steadily in the rankings and cultivating a reputation as an organization with the capacity to bring squash into a new University and a new region. We are now poised to become one of only a few large public universities with men’s and women’s teams ranked in the top-twenty. And as we have mentioned, we don’t plan on stopping there.
Developing a world-class collegiate squash program does require financial support. And you can help. Your contribution will help us reach our goal of competing against and winning against the top echelons of the CSA. With the right support, we believe we’ll soon be standing toe-to-toe with the Ivy League teams and other perennial contenders.
As we launch our first formal fundraising campaign we are hoping to achieve two objectives.
The first objective is to raise enough funding to cover the next two year’s operating expenses, which, with increased travel requirements, increased squad sizes, and a larger coaching staff, will be greater than ever before.
Our second objective relates more directly to our pursuit of varsity status. In the quest to bring squash to UVa, we have been fortunate to have the unfailing support of the Quantitative Foundation. Through their generosity we have an amazing new facility, McArthur Squash Center, as well as an internationally renowned squash professional and teacher, Head Coach Mark Allen.
But, like any well-run organization in our position, we cannot rely on a single donor. In order to take the next step and formally establish and endow the squash programs, we need to establish a wider and more diverse base of support.
So we ask that you consider making a gift to the Virginia squash teams. No donation is too small and all gifts to the Friends of Virginia Squash are tax deductible.
In order to kick off this campaign and encourage individuals and organizations to make gifts of their own, the Quantitative Foundation is offering a matching dollar-for-dollar grant of up to $100,000 for all money raised between now and December 31, 2014.
The first $15,000 has already been secured, through donations from the parents of our ‘13-’14 teams, as well as from every single member of our FoVS board.
To make your donation please visit our website and click the “Donate Now” button on the home page. For those preferring to donate by check, a donation form and return envelope is enclosed for your convenience.
If you would like to speak directly to Head Coach, Mark Allen before moving forward with a donation then please do not hesitate to call him at 434-972-7424, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, a brochure has been created to explain the history and goals of the program