Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich is dipping into his own pocket as part of a ticket sales promotion designed to benefit victims of the recent Colorado flood.
Pilipovich has pledged to donate $10 to help the victims of the Colorado flood for every season ticket sold for Air Force basketball between Sept. 30 and Oct. 30. The goal is raise $30,000, which would mean 3,000 season tickets would be sold during the 30 day period.
The Colorado flood problems began a little more than a week ago. After two days of moderate rain, the skies opened up, dropping more than nine inches of rain in one day on Boulder a city that only averages 20 inches per year. By the time the storm let up, 17 inches fell on Boulder in a one-week span.
The results were devastating. The steep cliffs and canyon walls that make Colorado so beautiful served as funnels sending rampaging rapids throughout several Colorado towns including Colorado Springs, where the Air Force Academy is located. The Colorado flood destroyed 18,000 homes. Sixty people are still unaccounted for after being forced from their homes by the flood water.
The money donated by Pilipovich will go to the Pike's Peak United Way, which guarantees the money will stay in the local community.
The giving won't stop at the season's tip-off. Air Force basketball is asking fans to join them as part of their Home Team Drive by pledging a donation for each 3-point shot the Falcons make this season. Last year Air Force basketball drained 272 attempts from behind the arc. The money raised will also go to help local causes.
Kudos to Coach Pilipovich and the Air Force Academy for finding a way to work philanthropy into their marketing campaign.
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