Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our project. If you missed out and are interested in supporting the UB Men's Tennis team you can still donate by clicking on the following link: www.bullsblueandwhite.com. Click "Invest Now" and in the drop down box choose "OTHER" and in the comment box type: MEN'S TENNIS. Thank you so much and GO BULLS!
We are asking for YOUR help in elevating and re-introducing our program to the national landscape of Division I college tennis. We are seeking donations to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to travel outside of our region to play nationally ranked programs, with hopes to obtain and maintain a national ranking of our own. In addition, we are also raising funds to provide our players with team stringing services, in order for our student-athletes to focus their attention on their academics during their time off the court.
Who We Are
The University at Buffalo Men’s Tennis team consists of student-athletes from across New York State and various countries from all over the world. Our program consists of players who have won national championships and achieved ATP world rankings. In the past seven years we have accomplished numerous FIRSTS for our program by winning three Mid-American Conference Titles, achieving a national ranking of #56 in 2014, and playing in the NCAA tournament in 2015.
We truly pride ourselves on developing young men who evolve into on campus and community leaders during their time competing as a UB Men’s Tennis student-athlete. Off the court, we have maintained an exceptional standard in the classroom, having won the National *ITA Academic Award three times in the past seven years. Our unblemished **APR, is evidence of the balance our program possesses and is a testament to the work ethic and dedication our players have displayed year after year.
*ITA – Intercollegiate Tennis Association: The governing body of Division I, II, III, NAIA, and Junior/Community College
**APR – Academic Progress Rating: A measure used by the NCAA, which tracks student-athlete graduation rates on a program by program basis.
Why We Are Raising Money
To become an at-large qualifier for the NCAA tournament, we must achieve and maintain a national ranking of #45 or higher. In order to accomplish this, we must challenge our student-athletes by strengthening our non-conference schedule with nationally ranked programs from outside of the northeast region. We would like the resources to schedule regular season matches outside of our region, providing our student-athletes to compete against nationally ranked programs. With YOUR help we can and will compete against programs that will help us reach our ultimate goal.
We also utilize a stringer to restring racquets when our players break strings. On average, our player’s break 2-4 strings a week and it takes approximately 30 minutes to restring a racquet. Our student-athletes time is valuable, and in order to maintain an exceptional standard on the court and in the classroom it is critical that our players prioritize and manage their time effectively. Having the ability to pay a student assistant to string our players’ racquets will be a difference maker for our guys and program as a whole. With your support we will be able to accomplish this and maintain our programs championship standard in the classroom and on the court.
Why We Need Your Help
All donations will provide support for our student-athletes, as they take aim at capitalizing on the programmatic success of the past and re-introduce our program to the national landscape of division one college tennis. TODAY, YOU can help us set the bar even higher and re define THE STANDARD for mid-major programs across the country!
All gifts made in support of our crowdfunding campaign are tax-deductible and will be allocated towards the Men’s Tennis Resource Fund. Each and every gift is much appreciated. Go Bulls!