|The 2013-14 SJSU Hockey Team needs your help! The team is actively looking for sponsors for the upcoming season to help offset rising expenses, including ice time, travel, and team equipment. There are many benefits to being a Corporate or Individual sponsor, including media visibility, in-game advertising and free tickets to each home game. The greatest part is: YOUR DONATION IS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE due to the team's status as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Below is a letter from Team President Eric Jones detailing more about the program and why you should become a sponsor for the upcoming season. The team appreciates your continued support!
PROSPECTIVE SPONSORSHIP LETTER
Dear Prospective Sponsor,
The San Jose State University (SJSU) ice hockey team is a proud member of Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). Since establishment in 1991, the ACHA has grown to become the largest collegiate hockey league in the United States, boasting five divisions and nearly 400 teams from across the nation. Established a year earlier in 1990, our program has grown to become one of the perennial powerhouses in the West Region and an annual contender for the National title.
The 2013-14 season will mark our program's 23rd year. In March of 2014, we will hopefully be 1 of 16 teams traveling to Boston, Massachusetts to compete once again in the ACHA National Tournament. This tournament will not only help the San Jose State Ice Hockey program continually grow, but will also help promote the Bay Area hockey as a whole on a National stage.
Despite our accomplishments, as a club sport, the team receives little financial support from the school, which makes funding a budget exceeding $170,000 extremely difficult. Subsequently, each player is required to pay upwards of $4,000 in dues per season just to play the sport they love. In addition to attending school full-time, many players have the added responsibility of maintaining part-time or full-time jobs to offset the cost of playing. With players spending an increasing amount of time away from the rink, it has been difficult for the team to improve its on-ice play and off-ice camaraderie.
This is where YOU can help make a difference. A charitable donation on your part, which is entirely tax-deductible due to the team's status as a non-profit organization, will have an immeasurable impact on the lives of our players, allowing them to focus on playing hockey instead of paying for it. Donations will be used to help offset operational costs (such as ice time, which is $400/hour), travel costs (trips that require air travel cost a minimum of $12,000), and equipment costs (jerseys, socks, pant shells, etc.).
In return for your generous donation, you will have access to a wide array of benefits including media visibility, advertising opportunities, and free season tickets to all of our home games. For more information about how we can tailor your sponsorship to meet your needs, please contact our Communications Officer Bryan Toma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that you have had a chance to learn a little more about our program, we hope you will join us in supporting the development of college hockey in Northern California.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
SJSU D2 Ice Hockey
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