Air Force coach pledges $10 for every season ticket sold

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

Dave Pilipovich is pledging $10 for every season ticket sold in the coming month. (USATSI)
Dave Pilipovich is pledging $10 for every Falcons season ticket sold in the coming month. (USATSI)

The greater Colorado Springs area is still sorting through the devastating aftereffects of one of the greatest natural disasters in that region's history. The massive rain fall, floods and ensuing landslides have damaged thousands of acres, destroyed an untold amount of homes and still has left more than a hundred people missing.

The Air Force basketball program is doing what it can to help those still in search of food, proper shelter, water, clothes, and even medical care. According to reports from officials, 80 percent of the people affected in the Pikes Peak region are women and children. The school announced late Wednesday that its coach, Dave Pilipovich, would donate $10 from Sept. 30 through Oct. 30 for every season ticket purchased for the Falcons this season.

The donations will go to the Pikes Peak United Way Cornerstone Program, which guarantees 100 percent of all donations go directly toward helping those in need.

"In respect to the values exhibited by our resilient neighbors and those that have given their time and effort to help friends and loved ones carry on through tough times, Coach [Pilipovich] and the Air Force men's basketball team would like to invite Falcon fans to take part in a special 30 for $30,000 fundraising campaign to tip-off the 2013-14 basketball season. ... Through funding of this kind the United Way is able to meet the basic needs of nearly 130,000 local residents a year providing food, shelter, clothing, utility assistance and medical care to those struggling to make ends meet."

Fundraising options don't just end with a season ticket. The school also announced the "Hometown Team Drive," in which people can agree to give a dollar for every 3-pointer made by AFA this season. By October's end the program hopes to raise that $30,000, but by including the 3-pointer aspect, the goal is clearly hoped to be exceeded as the season goes on. More information can be found here.

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