In order to attract new talented athletes to Sonoma State, the Athletic Department relies a great deal on the use of student-athlete scholarships. However, the department can’t afford to disperse scholarships to every student-athlete, so many of the teams work to raise the money themselves.
Within the next month there will be multiple opportunities to support the athletic endeavors of Sonoma State athletes through fundraising events and programs designed to be entertaining and beneficial for the donators, as well as the athletes the funds support.
“Since we are at the NCAA Division II level and aren’t fully funded as a department to offer scholarships to everyone, the coaches and student-athletes work very hard to raise money for that purpose,” said Sports Information Director Tyler Lobe. “The programs -- and everyone involved with them -- exert a lot of time and effort in putting on these events because it is one of a very few chances that the teams can bring in a large amount of money at once.”
The Sonoma State baseball program is hosting a crab feed on Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. at Sally Tomatoes in Rohnert Park’s Sonoma Mountain Village. The evening will feature a dinner consisting of crab, pasta, salad, bread, dessert and a no-host bar; in addition to a silent auction and music. All proceeds will benefit the Sonoma State baseball team. Tickets are $60 per person, unless the ticket buyer is either a SSU faculty member or alumni; in which case the tickets are priced at $45. Tickets can be purchased at sonomaseawolves.com.
“It’s a great opportunity for the program to fundraise,” said Assistant Coach Travis Babin. “This event offers our players, coaches, family and alumni a chance to connect and enjoy a night together just before the season kicks off.”
Not too long after, the softball team will be hosting a Karaoke Night that promises to be an exciting event for everyone who participates. For $45 a person, patrons can experience a night of singing and dancing at the Rohnert Park Community Center. Come hungry, because the price of the ticket covers the cost of dinner and drinks. Anyone looking to attend this event can purchase tickets at sonomaseawolves.com. The event is scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on Feb. 15.
In contrast to the fundraising events mentioned earlier, the women’s tennis team has an on-going program designed to raise money for the team by providing benefits to the donors through their Adopt-A-Player Program. These benefits are rationed out in increments depending upon the amount donated. The smallest sum donated, $75, amounts to a team signed game schedule, $150 adds on a team t-shirt, $250 includes a SSU All Sports pass to games, $500 gets six monthly training clinics with the team, $1,000 gains access to two private clinic sessions, and the grand donation of $2,000 earns the philanthropist five private tennis lessons with Head Coach Joaquin Lopez.
The larger donations are directed towards local tennis teams that want to step up their game by learning from college athletes. If individual members of a high school tennis team each contributed a portion of the donation, they could gain access to these private lessons and clinics. More information about joining this program is available at sonomaseawolves.com/wtadopt.
Anyone looking to donate to Seawolf athletics that can’t attend these fundraising events, or wouldn’t benefit from the Adopt-A-Player Program, can still make a donation by visiting sonomaseawolves.com/donatenow, or by calling (707) 664-2764.