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FGCU Athletics adds Naples Advisory Committee to Complement Fundraising Efforts
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 | by Jamie Church (@jlchurch)
The Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles Club Advisory Board has announced the creation of the Naples Advisory Committee.
The Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles Club Advisory Board has announced the creation of the Naples Advisory Committee.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU Eagles Club Advisory Board has announced the creation of the Naples Advisory Committee (NAC) in order to reach a larger audience and stretch awareness and support for FGCU Athletics. The NAC was established by Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh and Board Chairman Brian Rasnick to expand into Naples on the heels of the men’s basketball team’s run to the Sweet 16 and the genesis of “Dunk City.”

Tom Robinson, principal relationship manager at Wells Fargo, was selected by Rasnick to chair the committee. “We are excited to bring the Sweet 16 to Collier County and help raise awareness around FGCU Athletics,” said Robinson, an Eagles Club board member and Neapolitan. “Our goal is to make FGCU everyone’s hometown team.”

Rasnick’s comments on the origination of the committee included goals for the group, but focused on the advancement of FGCU Athletics and the creation of access to FGCU programs, coaches and student-athletes for both loyal and new supporters south of campus.

"I am so pleased that Tom Robinson accepted the position of Chairman of the Naples Advisory Committee,” Rasnick said. “With his knowledge of Naples and numerous relationships, we are expecting great results."

The NAC is comprised of 20 professionals in Collier County who will volunteer with the goal of helping expand the FGCU Athletics brand. The group will organize events, support individual or group visits to campus and make introductions between FGCU Athletics and the great sports fans in Collier County.

Plans to expand the committee structure north into Sarasota County are already under way. The heightened excitement for FGCU Athletics has both Kavanagh and Rasnick believing that bolstering the support system will pay dividends. Through increased fundraising efforts, FGCU will be positioned to continue the successes of its 15 Division-I programs, while retaining talented coaches and support staff and increasing the overall experience for each of its 240 student-athletes.

Rasnick, who has three kids under the age of 10, confirmed that one of his primary goals for the NAC is to keep some of the most talented youth right here in SWFL, stating, “I want to hear kids from Sarasota to Marco Island saying that they want to go to FGCU when they go to college.”

For those interested in joining the Naples Advisory Committee, or learning more about how they can get involved, contact Graham Diemer, FGCU director of athletic advancement, at 239-590-7107 or via email at gdiemer@fgcu.edu.

– The FGCU Eagles are proud to be Southwest Florida’s Hometown Team and part of the A-Sun Conference with six men’s and nine women’s Division I intercollegiate programs. Ticket information for upcoming events is available by calling 239.590.7145. Additional results and schedule information are available at fgcuathletics.com. –