Hawks for Football, Inc.
c/o Joanne Johnson-Shaw, Chairperson
708 Colony Avenue N
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Re:UMES Football Reinstatement Project: Second Quarter 2007 Activities Report
Dear Fellow Hawks and Hawk Supporters,
Peace and Blessings be upon you. First and foremost, I want to thank you for all your support in getting the UMES Football Reinstatement efforts up and running. In 2006, Hawks came together with a renewed commitment to restore football to our Alma Mater by creating Hawks For Football, Inc. The goal of this organization includes: raising funds for the reinstatement of football, supporting and promoting a program of excellence in academic and athletics, supporting the UMES Endowment Campaign, and engaging students in the tradition – the legacy.
Hawks for Football, Inc., a not for profit organization, has developed a Memorandum of Agreement resulting in the establishment of the Hawks For Football Quasi Endowment Fund. This endowment allows a tax-deductible contribution to the reinstatement effort and supports the school’s Fourteen (14) Million Dollar Endowment Campaign. The goals of the HFF include:
Fund raising and sponsorships
Support and promotion of programs of excellence - Academic and Athletics
Supporting the UMES Endowment Campaign
Engaging students in the tradition – the legacy
The creation of Hawks For Football is due in large part to the Herculean efforts of Ms. Joanne Johnson-Shaw and one of our beloved fallen Hawks, Mr. Rotan Lee. Currently, Hawks For Football has over 50 active and committed members from all across the nation. As a result, we now can contribution to reinstate football efforts via two endowed funds. A summary of the contributions made to date are as follows:
Total Financial Commitments
As of 06/28/07
Hawks For Football Quasi Fund $150,625 79.9
Vernon “Skip” McCain/UMES Football Reinstatement Fund
Total Football Reinstatement Contributions
The total financial commitments of $188,566 are comprised of $49,010 in cash contributions and $117,705 in pledges. A logical question might be, “why do we need to funds”. Originally, the Vernon “Skip” McCain/UMES Football Reinstatement Fund (VSM Fund) was established as a fund dedicated to raising money for student-athlete scholarships. Our fundraising activities are beginning to gain momentum. As a result, we are able to raise $85,865 since Homecoming.
As a result, Hawks For Football felt that the funding guidelines included in VSM Fund were too restrictive and an attempt was made to the modify its memorandum of understanding to cover such things a supplementing coaches’ salary, equipment purchases and so forth. After much debate, it was felt that the best way forward was to establish a completely new fund for that purpose and leave the VSM Fund as it was originally established.