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Friends of Fairfield Basketball President

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Dear Fellow Stags Fan,

Fairfield Basketball history can be compared to a roller coaster—sometimes up, sometimes down, but always worth the ride. Some of you have actually had the chance to play for the Stags; some, like me, have watched from the stands—but all of us, one way or the other, have rejoiced in the wins, suffered in the losses, and always hoped for more success.

Today’s college athletics world is a collage of interests, sports, academics, and money. Each institution has its own priorities among the three, and each defines success in their own way. But at the end of the day, graduating players with degrees, while still winning a lot of games and a championship or two, is what it’s all about. Fairfield’s graduation rate is superb, and our win-loss record in the last ten years is excellent.

We haven’t won a championship yet in this decade, and that disappoints us all. But the effort to win is there, as are the skills of both our coaching staff and our players—with perhaps the need for just a little help.

As many of you know, our men’s basketball budget includes scholarships, salaries, and almost anything else you can think of to run a good program. Our basketball revenue helps to partially offset these costs, but not to any appreciable degree. Unless and until we can put more “fannies in the seats” or get meaningful television revenue, the University’s budget allocation will remain our only source of funding. The University continues to prioritize basketball, and Fairfield remains among the top MAAC schools with allocated resources to the program. However, moving forward, what can make the difference is YOU!

To remain competitive, and increase our success and visibility, we need to follow the lead of others and generate a meaningful alternative source of funding. All of our athletically successful peer institutions have “booster clubs,” by whatever name they’re called. The Lyons-Lademan Fund was a variation on that theme. But for those of us who love Fairfield basketball, it was not enough.

Fortunately, with the blessing and support of University leadership, as of this month we now officially have an organization, Friends of Fairfield Men’s Basketball, whose sole responsibility is to raise money for program enhancements such as recruiting, upgraded lockers, better travel arrangements, tournament play, etc., and, as we move forward, endowment. All of this can and will make a big difference to our team and our success.

I’m Bob Berchem of the Class of ’62—and I’ve been asked to serve as the president this new organization. Like most of you, I’ve been a Stags fan since I was an undergraduate—and like all of you, I want to help in any way I can to see our team do even better. As a practical matter, the only way you can really help is by writing a tax-deductible check.

Those of us who are willing to put our money where our hearts have been will have a chance to interact more closely with the program (subject, of course, to NCAA rules compliance!). Every dollar will go directly to the program, and be in addition to—not in lieu of—the University’s continued funding commitment. You’ll be thanked in many ways, and you’ll also have a few special events each year—but, more importantly, you’ll be supporting the team you love!

If, like me, you believe that the best in Fairfield basketball is yet to come, I invite you to join me and write a check to Friends of Fairfield Men’s Basketball. Gifts of any size truly matter and participation is of utmost importance. Our goal for the 2014-2015 season is to raise $50,000 and have 250 members. This year’s program enhancement priorities are travel, for overseas and high profile national games, and recruiting.

As friends and alumni, we’ve all helped raise the University’s visibility. In today’s world, athletics—and basketball in particular— is a key vehicle of choice to raise that visibility even higher. I hope you will join me in moving up!!

Bob

Bob Berchem ’62 
President
Friends of Fairfield Men’s Basketball
Fairfield University

Please click here make a gift to Fairfield Men’s Basketball today.

Friends of Fairfield Athletics

To remain competitive in recruiting and maintaining quality experiences for student-athletes at Fairfield University, the Athletics Department and our coaches rely on the financial support of Athletics Friends Groups for continued success.
Friends’ programs and events—such as mentoring, networking nights, and on-the-road gatherings— are invaluable opportunities for the Fairfield
student-athlete community.

Please support the teams of your choice and be a part of our success!

For more information on how you can support Fairfield Men’s Basketball, 
contact Marie Muhvic, Director of Development for Athletics & Recreation at 
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2474.

Loyola Pre-game Reception in Baltimore

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Cheer on the Stags to a victory over Loyola…

Sunday, February 12
Doubleheader!

Fairfield Women vs. Loyola Women.  Tip-off at 12 noon
Fairfield Men vs. Loyola Men.  Tip-off at 4 p.m.
Both games will take place at…
Reitz Arena
Loyola University
Baltimore, Maryland

Join us in between games for a special reception with
Fairfield University Director of Athletics, Gene Doris…
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Alonso’s
415 West Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD

Snacks will be provided. Cash bar.

Special Offer for Fairfield Fans!
$7 reserved seating with fellow Stags!*
(Tickets are valid for both games. Re-entry into the area between games is permitted.)

To order your ticket(s), fax-in, or e-mail the Ticket Order Form.
Fax: (203) 254-4104
Email: alumni@fairfield.edu
You may also order over the phone by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 254-4280.

Don’t forget to wear your RED!
Go Stags!

Iona Reception Jan 27, 2012

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Friends of Fairfield Basketball Reception

Friday, January 27, 2012
Men’s Basketball hosts Iona at 7 p.m.
at the Webster Bank Arena

Reception at 6:00 p.m. on the 3rd Floor, Webster Bank Arena
$10 adults/$5 children and students

R.S.V.P. by January 25th to www.fairfield.edu/friendsofbball

 

Loyola Game Time 01/13/2012

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Due to ESPN TV Schedule, the game time for the Men’s Basketball game against Loyola this Friday, January 13th is now 9pm.

Friends of Fairfield Basketball Reception

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Friends of Fairfield Basketball Reception

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Women’s Basketball Hosts Canisius at 1 p.m.at Alumni Hall

Reception at 3:00 p.m. at the Levee

$10 adults/$5 children and students

R.S.V.P. by January 13th to pmurphy@fairfield.edu

Drexel Pregame and Post-game

Monday, December 26th, 2011
Come out and cheer on the Stags in Philly!
 
Fairfield Stags @ Drexel Dragons
Wednesday December 28th at  7:30pm
Daskalakis Athletic Center
 
There will also be a Pre-Game and Post Game gathering of Fairfield Fans and Alumni at Slainte Pub-Grill at 30th & Market Street in Philadelphia.   The pub is only 3/10 of a mile from the Drexel campus.  Stop by before or after the game and look for Stag fans dressed in Red.  
 
http://www.slaintephilly.com/
5PM-7PM HAPPY HOUR WITH GREAT FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS
$2 Domestic Pints, $3 Domestic Bottles, $4 Premium Pints & Well Drinks, $5 Imperial Pints
Select Appetizers, Late Night Menu till 1:30am, with $5 Pub Grub Menu!
 
 

UCONN Pre-game

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Basketball Hall of Fame – Holiday Showcase 2011

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Join the Stags in Springfield…

Date:   Dec 9, 2011
Time:   6:00PM
Location:   MassMutual Center
Springfield, Mass.

 

 

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