ODU athletic director Wood Selig says he expects 5,000 Monarch fans at the Myrtle Beach Bowl
Through Harry mini
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina – Old Dominion athletic director Wood Selig has said he expects more than 5,000 ODU fans to attend Monday’s Myrtle Beach Bowl football game between the Monarchs and Tulsa, and added that he hopes 1,000 students will be among those who will be there.
ODU has sold over 3,700 tickets, including hundreds of tickets purchased by fans for students to attend. The Old Dominion Athletic Foundation also launched a crowdfunding effort which raised nearly $ 30,000 and was heading towards $ 40,000 Friday afternoon to help pay for student tickets and travel expenses.
ODU donor Kevin Riggins kicked off the effort with a donation of $ 1,000. He has since been joined by Keith and Kim Curtis, who donated $ 3,500; former ODU All-American girls’ basketball player Nancy Lieberman, who donated $ 2,500; Stephen Hall donated $ 1,250; and Sandy Batkin $ 1,260. Ray Wittersheim and Darren Morton contributed $ 1,000 each, while Michael Cummings, Craig Probus, Leslie Beckwith and Scott Bracken each contributed $ 500.
Football coach Ricky rahne also donated $ 375, enough to pay for tickets and transportation for three students.
“This is exactly what we were hoping to happen,” said Dr Selig. “We are very happy that so many people wanted to join us and create unforgettable memories for so many ODU students.”
ODU will provide buses for hundreds of students, but donate tickets to other students who will make their own way to Myrtle Beach.
Cegles said he was successful with crowdfunding efforts at Kent State, where he worked before coming to ODU.
âWood came to us and told us that we really need to do more to try to get the students there,â Cegles said. âI thought to myself, why not try crowdfunding? It really started up a lot faster than I expected. “
Rahne said what the ODAF has done “is a great deal. The bigger the crowd, the better.
âWe would love to welcome these students here. I think it shows the kind of family atmosphere we have at Monarch Nation that they help pay for students to come here.
“When they have a goal to donate to, our fans do an amazing job. I’m ready to be proud of what they’ve done.”
The effort was aided on Twitter by a fan group called The Monarchists.
âThe great response we got is a testament to the power of social media,â Cegles said.
Selig said that no one will really know how many ODU fans have purchased, as many have purchased directly from the ball game or from online ticket outlets such as StubHub.
âI think we’re going to end up with a real number north of 5,000,â he said, noting that an ODU Alumni Association tailgate slated for 11 am Monday was sold out a few days ago. Sales had to be closed after the registration of more than 800 people.
âI think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised at the total number,â said Selig.
“It’s Friday afternoon. We have a group of students who are going to find their own way there. It’s Friday afternoon. We have a full weekend left and the students just finished their exams. .
“And students are notorious for making last minute decisions.”
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