The Youngstown State Penguin Club is now accepting renewals and new memberships for the 2013-14 campaign. Being a part of the Penguin Club offers fans benefits while funds go directly to supporting our student-athletes.
The Penguin Club is the primary Athletics fund-raising organization and works diligently to enhance the student-athlete experience at YSU for Penguins from all sports. Members can join to assist the football program, the "Gridiron Club", or the men's and women's basketball programs, the "Courtside Coaches", or just have a general membership which provides support for all other teams.
Members who join the "Gridiron Club" have access to tailgating permits and mid-field Chairback seating at YSU football games. Members who sign up for the "Courtside Coaches" group have access to the best seats as well as The Coaches Court, a room that provides refreshments to members before and during games.
Membership levels in the "Girdiron Club" are as follows: Booster Level ($75), Royal Level ($250), Emperor Level ($475), Kingbird Level ($950), Coaches Level ($1,425), Captains Level ($2,500) and Champions Level ($5,000). This year the Penguins play seven regular-season home games for just the second time in school history so prices have been adjusted accordingly.
The different membership levels include tickets, access to parking, priority seating, post-season ticket availability and other benefits.
Membership levels in the "Courtside Coaches" are as follows: Booster Level ($75), Royal Level ($300), Emperor Level ($600), Kingbird Level ($1,050), Coaches Level ($1,500) and Captains Level ($2,500). All benefits are for men's and women's basketball games.
The Penguin Club has also created an easy way to be a member and spread out your contribution through an ACH Recurring Payment plan.
Once again the ACH Recurring Payment feature is available for 2013-14. Through an Automated Clearing House (or ACH), YSU fans can pay for a membership with ease and are now able to spread out their membership dues over a period of months.
The option of paying for a membership in one payment still exists, however fans now have the convenience of having membership dues come directly from a checking or savings account automatically each month for an amount that works for them. Authorized regularly-scheduled payments, or "ACH Debits" to the Penguin Club will be made on the 15th day of each month.
For example, a $75 membership can be spread out over a five-to-seven month period for a payment of about $12-15 each month. Plus with a regularly-scheduled payment, fans save time, postage and don't have to worry about late charges or any other hassles. Charges for each month must be the same.
The Penguin Club is a crucial part of YSU Athletics. Revenues from memberships generated by the organization cover costs of athletic grant-in-aid provided to student-athletes, which is the single-largest investment made by the Athletic Department. Athletic grant-in-aid can cover tuition, books, room and board. In addition, Penguin Club revenues support and enhance the Athletic Department's general fund.
Here is a schedule of Penguin Club events for the 2013-14 academic year:
July 21 - Debra L. Hinkle
Scholarship Bocce Social at Cassese's MVR
Nov. 7 - Penguin Club Jamboree
Nov. 16 - Hall of Fame Ceremony
Feb. 18 - Scholarship Ring Banquet at Mr. Anthony's
June 11, 2014 - Penguin Club Scholarship Golf Outing at Youngstown Country Club