Central Florida Patriots Volleyball Fundraising Campaign
The College of Central Florida is a NJCAA Division I school located in Ocala, Florida. We are in the Mid-Florida Conference, which is one of the strongest, most competitive junior college volleyball conferences in the country.
We were conference champions seven times in the last eight seasons (2011 - 2017). Since it was founded in 2011, our program has been ranked top 25 in the nation every season.
Intended use for funds: to provide additional opportunities for the athletes in our program that we cannot afford based on our current annual budget.
These include but are not limited to:
-Additional funding for scholarships and awards to help cover the cost of attendance for our athletes. Our program aims to attract top level recruits from all over the world, but the cost of attending college can be high even for scholarship athletes.
Unfortunately, the busy schedule of attending class, training, travel and competition, plus finding time to study and rest does not allow our players much time left to work a job, even part time. Most of our international student-athletes are not eligible to receive financial assistance from the U.S. Government for college and the related expenses.
If our program can raise just a few thousand dollars a year, we can help dramatically improve the overall experience for our players by offering our student athletes additional benefits and lower out of pocket expenses.
Plus, we can make more attractive offers to future prospects, ensuring that our program will remain an elite-level contender on the national level for years to come.
-To help offset travel related expenses for out of state tournaments. Our budget for travel that is not a part of our regular or post-season conference play is limited. We try to play in out-of-state tournaments each year for a number of reasons.
It helps establish the credibility of our program as a perennial top 25 team in the nation if we can compete with the best teams from all over the country. It helps increase our exposure to new recruits from different regions.
Playing in different states also helps the players currently on our roster get exposure and attention from coaches at four year schools so that our players will be able to continue studying and playing when they leave our university after their second year.
The travel, hotel accommodations, meal stipends, and entry fees for these trips add up to tens of thousands of dollars each year just for a single weekend trip.
We feel it is essential to the core values of this program that we continue to travel outside the Central Florida area to compete each season. We appreciate your support!