Becoming a Booster Club Member
The coolest thing about becoming a booster club member is that you help the team directly and with your "dues" as a contribution to the Booster Club General Fund and you get some cool swag to boot! There are four tiers of booster club membership. ALL LEVELS support the team, some just support the team a little more so you get more swag the more you support a higher level. The four levels of annual booster club membership are listed below:
Firstie level - $35 – Your Firstie level membership just helped a Zoomie rugby player. The Firstie Level is named after the seniors at the Air Force Academy as they are ranked Cadet First Class. The booster club will be sending you a Zoomie Rugby Bumper Sticker to show the world just how cool you are and that you support one of the best teams in the fastest growing sport in America.
Company Grade Office level - $100 – Your Company Grade Officer level gift is greatly appreciated and will help the team more than you realize. This second tier is named in honor of all the Captains and Lieutenants serving in our Air Force. They may not make the most money in their service but they are the tacticians that execute the mission day in and day out for our nation. In addition to a bumper sticker, we will be sending you a new gray Zoomie rugby workout T-shirt similar to the ones our cadets wear for their work-outs.
Field Grade Officer level - $500 - Your Field Grade Officer level gift shows true dedication to the Zoomie Rugby Program. The field grade level in the Air Force, Majors, Lieutenant Colonels, and Colonels, contains our squadron and group leaders both formal and informal. The hard working men and women of the field grade provide leadership to out tacticians in the CGO level as the mission is executed. Hard-core supporters like you will help enable this team to the highest-level of success in competition this year. In addition to the Zoomie rugby T-shirt and bumper sticker listed above, we will send you a pristine Air Force Academy Rugby Ball signed by our team leaders and coaches. You can proudly display this in your home or office to show all your level of support to our program.
Flag Officer level - $1000 - Your Flag Officer level gift puts you at the top of our booster program. In the military, the flag officers are our Generals and Admirals. They are our strategic and operational level leaders and thinkers. As a Flag Officer Level member you are in a league of your own...no other level of booster supports the team more than you do. It is hard to describe in words how grateful the cadets and staff are for this extremely generous contribution to the program. In addition to the items listed above, you will be named a founding father of the Zoomie Rugby Booster Club. Air Force Rugby’s goal is to eventually raise enough money for a Rugby Complex much like BOTH Army-West Point AND Navy have. As a founding father, we plan to memorialize your contribution a plaque listing the founding fathers proposed to be at the entrance of the complex.
Support through a targeted donation
Club teams at USAFA exist only because generous donors support the clubs/teams each year. The USAFA Men's Rugby Team has a travel schedule more extensive than most of the Intercollegiate teams in the Athletic Department. However, because the team is considered a "club" by USAFA it has to operate on a budget that is a fraction of what those Intercollegiate teams receive. 100% of every donation to the Booster Club's General Fund (including your booster club dues) will be used to offset those expenses as they are made aware to the Executive Board of the Booster Club. However, there are some specific expense needs (seen below) that have already been identified to the Booster Club that we would like to help the cadets with this fall season. Donations specified to be directed to the below goals will be held in separate accounts until these goals can be realized in full. If you have the means to support these endeavors, we sincerely thank you.
Short term Goal #1 - 2017-2018 Travel Expense Fund
The largest financial burden our club faces is travel costs. To compete in National Level competition, our team must play compete against the best teams in the nation. This often means traveling at least 4-6 times a year to locations that require airfare. We try to utilize military airlift but military airlift is unreliable at best because those aircraft are often pulled away at the last minute to cover real-world missions. Each trip requiring commercial airfare costs the Men's Rugby club anywhere from $4000-$6000 and creates an undue burden on our cadets who have to fund club travel. The Booster Club would like to set a target of $30,000 to be raised to assist the club in their travel needs.
Progress towards this 2017-2018 goal - 0%
Short term Goal #2 - Club Equipment Container
The Men's rugby football club rents a steel shipping container to hold all of equipment and medical supplies and protect those assets from the environment. The club spends approximately $1200 a year to rent this container. Unfortunately, the club does not have enough money to buy a container outright without sacrificing on other yearly needs. The booster club would like to buy a certified used steel container (of the same size) for the club from a local shipping company for only $2500. The Booster Club would like to set a target $2500 to make this happen. This one-time purchase will save the club an additional $1200 yearly.
Progress towards this goal - 100% (Thank you, Boosters!)
Short term Goal #3 - Electronic Scoreboard
Did you know that the Men's and Women's Rugby teams cannot host national competitions because our current facilities do not meet the requirements specified by USA Rugby? Facilities do exist on the Academy but those are owned and operated by the athletic department who have been reluctant to let us use the facilities even when the games (sometimes televised) would bring great credit to the US Air Force Academy as a whole. The Booster Club would like to set a goal of $26,000 to purchase a quality RUGBY scoreboard and put our pitch in the running to host national championship competitions.
Progress towards this goal - 0%
Become a Business Partner
The US Government has specific prohibitions about raising money via solicited donations. That is why the government never asks for donations, they just tax you and take it even when you may not want to give it freely! This same type of rule also applies to commercial sponsorship of government entities. The government doesn't want to give the impression that it is showing favoritism to any one business. The Zoomie Rugby Booster Club is a private organization, not a governmental organization, and WE CAN show favorites all we want to! If you would like your business to be a named supporter of our club, contact us via the button below and we will explore the ways you can support financially or materially and get some well-deserved credit from our club as well.