Daniel Heflin Guest Blog

Aug 30, 2013

It is an exciting time around the Florida Atlantic University athletics department as the college football season has already kicked off and classes are back in session (based on trying to find a parking spot this week). It's the start of a "New Year", new conference and new beginnings. The Owl Scholarship Fund (OSF) is up and running in full swing since our March launch. We are gearing up for today's bus trip to Miami Gardens and Sun Life Stadium as our FAU Owls kickoff the 2013 football season against the Miami Hurricanes.

Being an Owl Scholarship Fund donor entitles our donors to ride a charter bus to the game tonight. We had a great response from our OSF donors and Stephen (Hammond) and I just completed picking up refreshments for the trip. We currently have over 200 members in the OSF but our goal is 1,000 donors. Remember OSF donors help support more than 450 FAU student-athletes competing in 19 varsity sports.

For those of you who haven't had a chance to meet the OSF team here is a brief introduction: Phil Rich - Assistant Athletic Director of Developmentand the guru behind our development office as well as head fundraiser. He is entering his fourth year at FAU and is passionate about Owl athletics as is the rest of our team.

Stephen Hammond - Assistant Director of Development; and the brains behind the organization. He is a former student-athlete who ran cross country at Western Carolina. He also has his graduate degree from the University of Alabama (and is very proud of it, just ask him.) He is willing to assist our donors in any way and has a bright future at FAU.

Daniel Heflin (me) - Director of the Owl Scholarship Fund; I'm thrilled to be a part of the FAU family and excited to start a new sports season with the Owls. As a former student-athlete, I am passionate about my career, especially helping student athletes through scholarships, and the future of FAU athletics. I'm a byproduct of what we raise money for and I believe the sky is the limit for FAU and our tremendously talented student-athletes.

Our leader and Director of Athletics Pat Chun has the vision, drive, and leadership that is second to none, but we cannot do this alone. We need the support of fans, alumni, and the surrounding community to help us make Boca Raton, Fla. and Florida Athletic University a special place to be. We need your support every Saturday during the fall to help pack FAU stadium and in support our student-athletes across the board. If you would like to join the Owl Scholarship Fund and help support the education of more than 450 student-athletes you can join online by clicking here.

Thank you for taking the time to read my first blog and if you see us out don't be afraid to introduce yourself. We will be heading down the road in a few short hours to cheer on our Owls. If you can't make it to the game be sure to tune into ESPNU at 8 pm EST to catch the action. We are looking forward to another great academic and athletic year and thank you for your continued support. Go Owls!

Daniel Heflin
PS- Follow us on twitter at @FAU_OSF (We need to gain followers)

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