I spent four years in undergraduate school at UNC. I spent another three years in law school there. During all that time, I became well acquainted with the myth of the “fat cat” Rams Club member. While based in a nugget of truth, the vast majority of the legend (like the Gimghoul conspirators) is a myth. The truth is downright convicting.
You should be a Rams Club member.
While there are a small group of well-to-do Rams Club members who park on stadium drive or at the Smith Center lots, have lower level season tickets to basketball and fifty yard line seats at Kenan, that group is a small minority of the membership of the Rams Club. And it costs less to be a Rams Club member than many folks think. We’ll get to that in a minute.
Did you know that Carolina consistently ranks #1 in college merchandise sold worldwide every year? If that is the case, why are we not even first in the ACC in the number of athletics donors?
[Graph courtesy of www.ramsclub.com]
To rank behind FSU and Clemson is bad enough, but to rank behind STATE?! C’mon people!
‘But, BBE, don’t you have to have a lot of money to belong to the Rams Club?’ No, my friend, you do not. There are all kinds of levels of giving. Naturally, the more you give, the more you get, but the truth is that most of the Rams Club budget (i.e. scholarship funds) comes from the large number of smaller donors.
The bottom line is this: Even at the lowly Ram Level (where the BBE house is currently giving), you get the media guides, the rights to buy football season tickets, the opportunity to buy individual basketball and football tickets with Rams Club priority, and invitation to a slew of events, as well as the satisfaction of funding scholarships for student athletes at UNC. All of this for what amounts to less than $17 a month. And “Young Alumni” (5 years or less from graduation) get a 50% discount.
There is not one of you that is reading this that cannot afford that. You don’t have to be alumni. Even if you can’t afford to buy tickets (we can’t yet either), you accumulate membership priority points and bonus points for longevity, so that when you can afford it, you will get better seats.
Give up your Wal-Mart fan status. Put your money where your heart is.