By David Knox
Motlow State Community College kicked off “The Hunt,” part of a new athletics fundraising drive last week.
Free food, raffles, games and more highlighted the event at Copperwald Arena, along with a pitch by Dean of Athletics, Dr. John Chandler, to consider helping push Bucks athletics to a new level of success. Motlow is celebrating 50 years of athletics.
Several Lynchburg businesses were also there as vendors, including Lynchburg Winery, Lynchburg Music Fest and Lynchburg Springs Aqua Massage.
The Hunt is actually going to be a fundraising organization, not just a campaign.
“We are hunting for ‘Bucks,’ literally and figuratively,” Chandler said. “We are hunting for quality student-athletes to come and carry the brand, and we’re also hunting for bucks, hunting for people that want to donate, help us further the experience and the education of our student-athletes and the campus at large.
“I’ve been here six months,” Chandler said, “and one out of every three people either went to school here, their brother went to school here, their mom graduated from here, their Uncle Larry shot a deer on the grounds, they knew somebody that worked here … Motlow has touched every other life in this community and I love it. The reception has been great.
“We are trying to generate more enthusiasm, get people more interested, and get them to come back to campus. I think that’s the biggest part, getting them to come back to campus.”
Chandler has some particular goals in mind for the funds that are raised.
“We’ve got drawings and sketches for new facilities to be built,” Chandler said. “We’ve got plans for a soccer stadium. We are doing some super big things. We’re going to start with basketball, we’ve got some renovation projects that we need to get done. This building,” he said nodding to the basketball arena inside Nisbett Center, “has been around since the beginning. So it’s been wonderful but it’s time to give it a little bit of a facelift.”
Other projects tentatively include upgrades to the softball field’s outfield; softball field grandstand construction; baseball grandstand construction; basketball locker rooms renovations; a student-athlete locker room complex; and the Charlie Liggett Hitting Facility completion.
Men’s basketball and baseball were the first two sports, both beginning in 1969. Motlow now also has women’s basketball, women’s softball and women’s soccer. The soccer program began two seasons ago under Andy Lyon and has been very successful, but has no home field to play on. The team plays its home games at area high schools.
There are five levels of membership with perks to go with each tier of giving. Baby Bucks starts at $250 each academic year. 4 Point Bucks starts at $500 a year; 6 Point Bucks at $1,000 a year and Stag members at $2,000 a year.
Perks include Motlow discounts on online store, hanging decals for parking, donor appreciation events, courtside seating and diamond row seating, access to hospitality tents, all the way up to Nashville Sounds ticket access, Tennessee Titans ticket access and even dinner with the dean of athletics.
A portion of the donation is tax deductible.
For more information, pick up a membership application at Motlow. A digital form of the application will eventually be online but the Motlow athletics website is under renovation. Chandler also said applications will be placed at area businesses.
For more information, call Chandler at 931-393-1618 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.