Thanks to MSU Foundation, young sports fans see the Bears

Ozarks-area kids organizations can receive discounted tickets to Missouri State sporting events such as Bears baseball.
Ozarks-area kids organizations can receive discounted tickets to Missouri State events such as Bears baseball.

Stretching a dollar these days can be a challenge. Just ask Brandi McNelly, whose two sons enjoy attending sporting events.

Fortunately, Jeremiah and Matthew McNelly have been able to attend Missouri State Bears basketball games the past few years – thanks to the Missouri State University Foundation, which receives an assist.

That assist being the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, an annual PGA Web.com Tour stop in Springfield. The tournament generated a record $1 million for local children’s charities a year ago, and here’s your chance to help again.

“Sometimes it’s hard for those things to happen,” Brandi said, explaining that she, like many families, operates with a tight budget. “They’re excited when they go. They’re talking about going with their friends. The atmosphere is so energetic.”

SUPPORTING THE PCCC = SUPPORTING CHARITIES

Buy a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket and all the money goes to your favorite charity -- and you also could win this 2015 Ford Mustang.
Buy a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket and all the money goes to your favorite charity — and you also could win this 2015 Ford Mustang.
  • HELP THE MSU FOUNDATION: The non-profit, in part, covers a portion of ticket costs for area families to attend Missouri State sporting events.  To support the foundation in any way, call 417-836-4143.
  • FOR GOLF FANS, WIN PRIZES: The purchase of a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket serves as a four-day tournament pass, but it’s better than that. It enters you to win daily prizes during the tournament as well as grand prizes of $10,000 and a 2015 Ford Mustang.
  • TICKET REVENUE GOES WHERE: Contact the local charity of your choice, simply because they receive revenue directly from those TLC Property Charity Sweepstakes tickets marked with their names.
  • BUSINESS SPONSORSHIPS: Businesses can support the PCCC through various sponsorships, such as the daily newsletter, website or through several events such as a dozen Pro-Ams. Additionally, restaurants, clothing stores and entertainment stops and such are asked to donate a gift card with at least a $25 value in the name of your charity of choice to benefit them in the Golf Ball Charity Auction. Contact the PCCC staff at 417-887-3400.
  • WHEN, WHERE: The tournament is Aug. 7-17 at Highland Springs Country Club, with the pros playing beginning Aug. 13.

About the MSU Foundation

The Missouri State football stadium received a major upgrade in 2014.
The Missouri State football stadium received a major upgrade in 2014 on the east side.

For the McNelly family, the MSU Foundation has been a positive in life. You see, Jeremiah and Matthew attend the Boys & Girls Club of Springfield and have made numerous friends.

Among activities are trips to MSU sporting events, as the MSU Foundation provides tickets to the club, among many other organizations.

The Foundation distributes the tickets through its Bears Assisting Youth program. That program has been extremely valuable to local youths, who since the year 2000 have been able to see the Bears and Lady Bears basketball teams – remember the Jackie Stiles era? – as well as baseball and football games.

The baseball team this year recently won an NCAA Division I Regional and finished ranked among the Top 10 in the country. The basketball teams have been competitive in the Missouri Valley Conference, one of the top Division I mid-major circuits.

“In turn, we’ll give tickets to groups at a reduced cost,” said Brent Dunn, Vice President for University Advancement. “And we try to give them an experience, too, whether it’s tours of the facilities or other events depending on the group we’re working with. We try to make it more than just a game.”

The more young people that the MSU Foundation can bring to campus the better, as the goal is to build interest for future students.
The more young people that the MSU Foundation can bring to campus the better, as the goal is to build interest for future students.

It’s also a way for the university to bring young students on campus. That’s especially important these days now that Missouri State has expanded its football stadium and added several new sports facilities. In essence, the campus looks spectacular.

“The university’s main purpose is for education, but we also are a big part of the community,” Dunn said. “To get kids on campus at every age – whatever it is, arts, sports – that is important. They at least have a sense of higher education, and they can identify with an institution they are now familiar with.”

PCCC dollars at Summit Preparatory School aid low-income kids

Summit Preparatory School in Springfield uses PCCC dollars toward scholarships.
Summit Preparatory School in Springfield uses PCCC dollars toward scholarships.

You’d assume that $2,500 isn’t much, but it’s significant at The Summit Preparatory School.

The private educational facility in southwest Springfield partnered with the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper two years ago. It uses the tournament’s donations toward financial aid for low-income students.

Even better, Summit Prep was awarded an additional $2,500 in May as part of the Give Ozarks Day, an online social media campaign that was aided in part by a $5,000 contribution from the PCCC.

To Katie Heet, who teaches elementary students, the teachers all have a bounce in their steps anyway. Being flanked by even more supporters can be inspiring.

“I think that’s what’s true about teaching,” Heet said. “It can be one of the most challenging professions but also one of the most rewarding.”

In other words, your donations to the PCCC – the PGA’s Web.com Tour stop in Springfield – are truly meaningful, and you can make a difference again as the tournament returns in August to Highland Springs Country Club.

A year ago, the tournament generated a record $1 million-plus for local children’s charities. Here’s how to help:

SUPPORTING THE PCCC = SUPPORTING CHARITIES

Buy a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket and all the money goes to your favorite charity -- and you also could win this 2015 Ford Mustang.
Buy a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket and all the money goes to your favorite charity — and you also could win this 2015 Ford Mustang.
  • HELP SUMMIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL: The private school in southwest Springfield uses PCCC dollars to help offset financial aid of low-income students. The school’s number is 417-869-8077.
  • FOR GOLF FANS, WIN PRIZES: The purchase of a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket means chances to grand prizes such as a 2015 Ford Mustang and $10,000 as well as 500 daily prizes such as restaurant gift cards. The ticket also is a four-day pass to the PCCC on Aug. 13-16 at Highland Springs Country Club. Contact the local charity of your choice, simply because they revenue directly from the sweepstakes tickets marked with their names.
  • BUSINESS SPONSORSHIPS: Businesses can support the PCCC through various sponsorships, such as the daily newsletter, website or through several events such as a dozen Pro-Ams. Additionally, restaurants, clothing stores and entertainment stops are asked to donate gift cards with at least a $25 value in the name of your charity of choice to benefit them in the Golf Ball Charity Auction.
  • CONTACT: Call the Price Cutter Charity Championship staff at 417-887-3400. The tournament is Aug. 7-17 at Highland Springs Country Club, with the pros beginning play on Aug. 13.

About Summit Preparatory School

Kids learn in a variety of ways at Summit Preparatory School.
Kids learn in a variety of ways at Summit Preparatory.

“The reason we joined the tournament a couple of years ago was because I had seen the benefits it gave to other charities,” said Laura Hover-Skiles, Director of Development for Summit Prep. “I think it’s neat to see the synergy of these charities that come together and support kids. It’s powerful. When you are a small school, you need that power.”

The Summit Preparatory School is independent of any local school district and offers small class sizes and strong parent-teacher-student communication.

The mission of the school is to provide students with an empowering education in a supportive, stimulating environment.

This is achieved through small class sizes, a strong foreign language program, progressive education principles and a challenging differentiated curriculum. Summit students are prepared to succeed in college and beyond.

You can hang with the band at Summit Prep.
You can hang with the band at Summit Prep.

As Heet noted, the classrooms include open and shared spaces as teachers try to reach students in a variety of ways.

“We’ve seen significant growth with individuals,” Heet said.

Overall, The Summit is a small, progressive, independent school that cares beyond the completion of required courses to the development and future of the whole child. It teaches not only the skills for academic success but, more importantly, how to  overcome challenges, solve problems and pursue lifelong achievement.

The average class size is 15 students and capped at 18 students.

“I believe that there are lots of wonderful ways to teach children,” Hover-Skiles said. “Oftentimes the trick is finding the school with a philosophy of education that aligns with the way your child learns best.  The Summit doesn’t want to finances to be a reason a parent can’t bring their child to our school.”