If you love Rutgers basketball, than I have a way you can make a huge impact for an important but little talked about group within the program. Being a team manager is a lot of work and not glamorous in the slightest. They are the backbone of any college basketball program and Rutgers is no exception. And now they need our help.
From the site page to donate, here is the background of this scholarship drive and why it’s so important:
“Our student managers are without question the unsung heroes of Rutgers Basketball, logging long hours and many miles in unwavering support of Coach Steve Pikiell’s program. Conceived by former RU student manager, and now Princeton Basketball lead assistant Brett MacConnell, this newly founded initiative places an emphasis on recognizing those who uphold values of loyalty, dependability, and brotherhood by providing support to the select young men who rarely see the limelight, but are integral in the success of the program at it’s very core.”
“By donating to the Men’s basketball Manager Scholarship, you can do your part to help our student managers put their best foot forward in the classroom by donating to this amazing cause!”
“Rutgers Men’s Basketball team managers play a vital role in the success of the program. These young men also need to balance their time with their studies as well as being there and supporting the team. Your gift, of any size will give the opportunity to current and future team managers to receive a first class education at Rutgers while supporting Rutgers Men’s Basketball in their pursuit of excellence!”
Former Court Club President and long time season ticket holder Brian Kelley has posted several times on social media to help the cause. He wrote this past Wednesday that “an anonymous donor has offered to match what we raise dollar for dollar at the end of our campaign.” That is huge and highlights that any amount given will be doubled by this generous donor.
On the donation page, you can see a list of donors. Rutgers legend Quincy Douby donated $1000, which shows how much the program means to him and what a class act he continues to be.
In addition, head trainer Rich Campbell, Assistant Athletic Director of Strength & Conditioning head for the program, David Van Dyke, as well as the team’s academic advisor Randi Larson have all pledged to match $10 donations made by current players. This is another example of the family atmosphere that exists withing the program.
The team behind the team is all in for supporting. For every current @RutgersMBB player who donates $10 toward the @RUBballManagers fund @RLarShove @HITTRNR and myself will match their donation @YEAHLILJ @MontezMathis @shaq_carter18 @paulmulcahy_3 @JoeyUPs3 @lukenathan33— Richard Campbell (@RCampbellAT) June 27, 2019
The donation goal is $15,000 and as of this posting on Friday morning, there has been just over $11K raised with just three days to go. Sunday, June 30th being the last day to donate, so anything that fans can contribute now will be a huge help for the goal to be met.
You can donate for men’s basketball managers here.