Dear Spartan Supporter,
I’m Lee Fowler, the Athletic Director at USC Upstate. I am excited to be a member of the USC Upstate Athletics family and want you to be a part by becoming a member of our new fundraising arm, the U Club.
Whether you are already a loyal supporter or want to join for the first time, we value, appreciate and need your support. The U Club places an emphasis where it needs to be, the student-athlete, by soliciting donations to help raise scholarship dollars.
Most of the A-Sun teams we compete against, and other Division I teams we face, operate at or near full scholarship capacity. No team at Upstate operates at the NCAA allowable maximum for scholarships. Despite that fact, we have achieved some great success in our first six years playing on the NCAA Division I level. Men’s basketball played in the postseason CIT Tournament in 2012 and 2014, women’s basketball played in the postseason WBI Tournament in 2011 and 2014, softball became the first Upstate team to win an A-Sun Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and claimed the 2014 regular season A-Sun championship and another appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and the cross country and track & field teams have combined to win two team and more than 30 individual A-Sun Championships since 2007. With your assistance, our Upstate Spartans can achieve even greater success.
We need your help in raising scholarship dollars so our coaches can recruit more and higher quality student-athletes. The more scholarships we produce, the better opportunities our teams will have to compete for conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances every year. More than that, your assistance will provide more young adults the ability to get a college education at one of the leading public liberal arts colleges in the southeast. We are proud of our student-athletes, and just last year the student-athletes earned an athletic department average 3.0 GPA for the entire year.
I am a member of the U Club and I urge you to join our family to support the young men and women who represent USC Upstate Athletics. Please take a look at the enclosed U Club brochure for giving levels and benefits. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this new direction for the U Club, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (864) 503-5140.