President’s Perspective — 07 January 2014
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Welcome back to the new semester, another busy one that no doubt will fly by at warp speed. Believe it or not, it’s not too early to think about the Sporting Affair and Chopper Dropper, the biggest fundraiser for our student-athletes. I always enjoy participating and my golf foursome usually does pretty well. I anticipate a fun, successful event in 2014, and with luck, a big win. It makes a great time even better to know that we’re helping our student-athletes.

This year the Sporting Affair XXII Golf Tourney and 11th annual Chopper Dropper are on Friday, March 14, once again at the Suntree Country Club.

In 2013 the event grossed $480,000 for scholarships that support Panther athletes this academic year. The 2014 proceeds will help student-athletes with scholarships in 2014-2015.

We raise Chopper Dropper funds by selling 2,000 numbered golf balls at $100 apiece and dropping them in a helicopter flyover. As most of you know, the ball closest to the pin wins $50,000 and last year Josh Baker of Jacksonville held the ticket with that ball’s number.

Other cash prizes are $10,000 and 15 prizes of $1,000 each for a total of $75,000 given away!! The cocktail party is part of the fun and one individual per $100 ball sponsorship may enjoy a generous selection of food, soft drinks, wine and beer from a variety of restaurant partners. Sporting Affair proceeds consist of major sponsorships, the golf tourney, cocktail party, silent auction and raffle.

Please join me in this premier fundraiser; come out and enjoy the fresh air, camaraderie and excitement for a very good cause. The cocktail reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and the ball drop is at sunset.

For tickets and more information on the golf tourney and reception, contact Ashley Gardner at or Matt Kilcullen at You can register at and also at See you there!



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