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2018-19 Men's Basketball Blazer Club

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About John Wood Basketball:
Over the past 5 seasons, the Blazers have captured 3 Mid West Athletic Conference Championships and 1 2nd place finish, while producing a cumulative record of 35-15 in league play. JWCC has produced 3 Conference and Region Players of the Year, 3 Freshman of the Year awards, 10 All Region Team Selections, 12 All Conference Selections, 3 NJCAA All-Americans, 3 Conference & Region Coach of the Year honors, and 3 Region Championship game appearances in the past five seasons alone. Over the past seven seasons, the Trail Blazers have an overall record of 142-86 while competing with a schedule that is regarded as one of the best in the country.

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2018-19 Blazer Basketball
We have five returning players, four transfers, and a total of six freshman that make up our 2018-19 edition of the Trail Blazers. It is really a unique group of guys – a group that has worked very hard to develop into a team the past 6 weeks or so. For our level, to have 9 guys that are over a year removed from high school makes us very old – which I have told our guys means that we should be more mature. The jury is still out on that one – but I have been comfortable with the conversations this team is having and will continue to have as we make our way through this season. The most interesting days are still to come – as separation begins to occur. Separation through body language, separation through skill set, separation through minutes played, and separation through coaching will all start to become a reality. We have spent so much time on the ‘Who’ and the ‘Why’ – that I hope when the ‘How’ doesn’t meet someone’s criteria we are a strong enough team to manage that appropriately. That is the plan – anxious to see if that maturity can get us through those moments. I have been asked 1,000 times the past month – ‘So, how is the team going to be?’…..my answer? I have absolutely no idea! When folks ask that question they really want to know if we are going to win a lot of games and compete for a championship – 2 things that we have been fortunate enough to do here at John Wood. All I know is that those 2 things are ridiculously hard to do, with so many variables in and out of our control. Winning is hard – don’t let anyone tell you any differently. So, I don’t know how we will be from that perspective, but I am getting more confident every day that our team will be good people, that are curious and humble and intentional every day. I am getting more confident that as we spend time every week talking about ‘The Blazer Way’ that we are finding the right relationships. Let’s just hope we can steer the ship toward championships – because, quite frankly, that is what we do here.

2018-19 Blazer Club
We are asking for assistance in filling some gaps and providing some experiences that will help this group reach those goals – as individuals and as a team. We are not a program that will be defined by a fundraising process nor require our guys to raise a certain dollar amount – it is a privilege to have the opportunity to compete in this program and that is where the focus should remain. With that said, costs of operating a program continue to rise and not always in the same increments as available dollars. It is no different than many other businesses, athletic programs, and/or events – expenses rise, revenues remain the same and a gap is formed. Make no mistake about it – our college supports us in a big way. We are not in a situation where we have to ‘cut’ games or staff members – we are simply in a situation that in order to grow and operate a program at the National level we have to find creative ways to fund it. One of those ways is our BLAZER CLUB. It is an opportunity to hopefully add value to friends, alumni, families, and supporters – while adding significant value to our program. Discounted season tickets, coach’s email updates, Dri Fit T-shirts, hospitality opportunities all come with being a member of our Blazer Club. We have invested in film breakdown software, improved our team gear, investing in more marketing and promotional video content, and plan on improving our team technology (laptop and camera). We also continue to provide book scholarships (almost a 50% increase in cost over the past year), and are planning on live streaming all 15 of our HOME games this year. Those are expenses that need to be fundraised. Naturally, any support will be more than welcome - if you have a way to help us reach our financial goal without the benefits of the Blazer Club - let's talk. I will do what I can to find you value. Again, I will not ask for support without something in return – we hope that makes sense and you choose to support our young men in our program. Keep in mind – that the small ways we can try and add value for your gift – this is really about this year’s team and your willingness to support our journey.

We have a goal of $7,500 for this year’s Blazer Club. The gap that this will fill will add value to the experience of our student-athletes. It really will. It will not define the experience - relationships do that - but it will help frame those relationships in a way that is efficient, safe, and focused on improvement. I sincerely hope you find value in what we are trying to do.


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2018-19 Blazer Club Membership

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First posting, October 15th, 2018

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