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TO: Fans, Families and Supporters of SOU Football
FROM: Matt Sayre, Director of Athletics
DATE: December 5, 2015 (4:30 pm CST – on the plane after defeating Morningside)

The Raiders are heading back to Daytona, Florida to play for our second NAIA National Football Championship! We’ve been fortunate to have outstanding young men and dedicated coaches take our program to this elite level.

I believe last year’s national championship won by the football team was one of the best things Southern Oregon University has ever accomplished. Behind Coach Howard and his fine staff of coaches we have seen a program go from the chopping block to SOU’s premier and most recognizable program. This has brought our university prestige, attention and enrollment growth we had never known before. We owe them so much.

National travel on this scale is expensive. Charter planes can cost up to $200,000 each. So far, the flights alone for this season’s playoff run have totaled $300,000. There is hope the NAIA will reimburse some of our costs but even so, with hotel and food, this run has tapped our post season travel budget.

We need help from you to get our boys back to Daytona as they pursue another National Championship. Our goal is to raise $200,000 to cover the cost of the charter and other expenses.

Please help us get them back to Daytona so they can represent us again on ESPN3 and the national stage.

Sid and Karen DeBoer have generously donated $10,000 to kick this effort off and get the Raiders back to Daytona2.

Thank you for your support. And if you’re heading to Daytona2 with us, bring sunblock.




Option 1:

Online via the SOU Foundation Athletics Giving Page

Option 2:

Mail a check payable to the SOU Foundation Raider Club

SOU Athletics
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

Option 3:

Make a pledge

Contact Natasha Ford or 541-552-6773


If you are interested in traveling with our Raider Team to Florida please go to the below link, and complete the interest form.

Right now we still don’t have a charter lined up. Information will be passed out when we do get one locked down, which will hopefully be early in the week. Right now, tentative plans if we get a charter would be leaving on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and returning Sunday, Dec. 20.

Charter seat minimum donation request $500 per person. Any amount donated exceeding the $500 seat value is tax deductible.

Raider Daytona Flight 2015 Interest Form

For questions on the charter, email Bobby Heiken at

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