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Giving to Athletics

Welcome to the Giving Department

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MSSU Lions Athletics

Missouri Southern State University is proud of its student-athletes and the way that they push themselves to achieve success both on and off the field. Whether it's staying after practice or studying late for a test, they understand to accomplish greatness giving a little extra is necessary.

Your support has and continues to have a major impact on MSSU student-athletes. From the classroom to the fields of competition, you are with them every step of the way.

As MSSU Athletics continues to grow and evolve, we envision ourselves as being one of the premier NCAA Div. II Athletics programs. Contributions to MSSU Athletics can achieve big results with great impact. To get involved you can:

  • fund the sports team of your choice

  • create an endowment
  • provide funds to enhance the MSSU sports facilities

  • join the Lionbacker Booster Club

Lionbackers Booster Club

Since its founding in 1968, Missouri Southern has consistently produced competitive athletic programs and quality student-athletes. By becoming a part of the Lionbacker Booster Club you can help continue that successful tradition.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Missouri Southern Lionbackers Association is to aid the athletic department in achieving its primary goals of graduating the student-athlete and fielding teams that are successfully competitive. The Lionbackers will financially support the athletic department through the purchase of Lionbacker memberships and by actively recruiting new members. The Lionbackers will grow loyal fan support through strong attendance at athletic events, by encouraging the consistent attendance of others, and by generally promoting Missouri Southern Athletics throughout Joplin and the surrounding communities.

Outright Gifts

This is the most beneficial level to the immediate needs of the Missouri Southern Athletic Department. Gifts to athletics typically are cash gifts, but contributions of personal property, goods or services, real estate or appreciated securities can mean substantial support for the Missouri Southern Athletic Department.

Matching Gifts

Many companies have matching gift programs. These firms will match a contribution dollar for dollar, and some companies even match two-for-one or three-for-one! You should contact your personnel office for more information and an appropriate matching gift form to send with the gift. Be aware that some companies have eligibility restrictions on gifts they will match.

Honorary and Memorial Gifts

Honorary and memorial gifts are a fitting way to pay tribute to someone's life and accomplishments while strengthening the Missouri Southern Athletics program. Several scholarship funds have been endowed to perpetuate an individual's name.

Whatever club level you choose to join, as a member of the Lionbacker Booster Club you become an important part of the Southern Athletics program. Your support benefits the various men's and women's teams, and helps make a college education accessible for student-athletes. Become part of the winning tradition, and help take Southern to even greater success in NCAA Division II.

Call the Missouri Southern Athletic Department at 417-625-3576 for more information on how to become a part of the family. Please visit the MSSU Athletics website to find more details about the Lionbacker Booster Club.