By Sadie Slager
The Ohio Wesleyan Athletic Council’s spring fundraising endeavor includes a different type of incentive: a parking spot.
OWAC is sponsoring a raffle each month for an “A” parking spot in front of Edwards Gym. Coaches, professors and campus faculty may enter the raffle for $1 per ticket and may buy as many tickets as they would like. The winner will be able to use a designated parking spot exclusively for the entire month.
OWAC advisor Marge Redmond said she thought of the raffle idea because of the lack of parking available in front of Edwards and OWAC is hoping to keep the raffle as its main fundraiser in the future.
Sophomore Daylin Stevens, an OWAC representative for the women’s field hockey team, said each varsity team has two OWAC representatives who work together to come up with fundraising ideas such as the raffle.
Stevens said OWAC settled on the idea of a raffle most likely because of the limited number of parking spaces available in the front lot of Edwards Gym. She said these spots are coveted not only for coaches and faculty, but for students as well—students cannot regularly park there, and many student-athletes frequently utilize Edwards Gym.
“If tickets were available for students to purchase, I would definitely buy some since they are only a dollar a piece,” she said.
Redmond said students would probably be interested in the parking spots in front of Edwards Gym as well because they have classes in the surrounding buildings and tend to illegally park there.
Stevens said the raffle’s proceeds go toward OWAC’s yearly endeavors and sponsored events.
This spring, OWAC is sponsoring multiple projects and events including Division III Week, a diaper drive and the Bishop Champion Games, which will be on April 7 at Selby Stadium, according to Redmond.
“This is a track and field competition with other events such as a hula hoop and cheerleading contest for special needs children,” Redmond said.
Redmond the “red rattle campaign,” which will aid local families, is scheduled for April 21.
“All athletic teams have agreed to help raise awareness and funds for the Liberty Community Center,” she said. “The proceeds from this campaign will go towards supplying diapers to families with young children who need some assistance with purchasing a necessary item that is not covered by food stamps.”