The start of the 2015-16 athletic year at Northwestern State has provided the launching pad for a renewed outreach to former NSU athletes to continue their relationship with the university’s athletic program through membership in the N-Club.
Haley Blount, assistant athletic director for marketing and development and a school record holder in the pole vault, is spearheading the revitalization of the athletic letterwinners’ organization.
The N-Club has been in existence since at least the early 1930s, operated by student-athletes into the 1960s. Alumni who were letterwinners assumed leadership and created a support organization called the Graduate N-Club, which functioned effectively from the late 1960s until recent rebranding and restructuring.
“The N-Club creates the perfect opportunity for former letterwinners to stay connected to NSU, as well as to their former teammates and friends,” Blount said. “As we grow and aspire to foster a culture of continued success within the athletics department, N-Club members will be given the unique opportunity of providing meaningful feedback on various aspects of NSU athletics and sport specific ventures.”
“We look forward to quickly shaping the N-Club into something that our current student-athletes aspire to join, once their competition days at NSU are done,” she said. “Our goal is to completely embrace just graduated competitors so they remain bonded with NSU athletics while contributing to an even more satisfying experience for those who follow in their footsteps.”
The N-Club will foster an environment encouraging social interaction, volunteerism and financial support of NSU Athletics, she said.
Membership in the N-Club is open to all former student-athletes who earned a letter while competing at Northwestern State. The N-Club is governed by the Demons Unlimited Foundation board of directors and the members of the N-Club Committee, which includes at least one member from each sport currently offered by NSU.
“The Northwestern N-Club provides the opportunity to stay connected to former teammates,” said football letterman and Bossier Parish businessman Rudy Hines, who has his new N-Club certificate framed and displayed in his office. “For years, I really didn’t have anything in my office to show I had played ball for the Demons. It also gives me great pride to belong to this group of NSU letterman with my son Blake, who is also an NSU letterman (track and field).”
The N-Club also serves as the official host of the annual N-Club Hall of Fame induction ceremony, staged at homecoming each fall.
N-Club membership is free for first-year graduates and is $60 after the first year. A five-year membership is discounted to $250.
Among benefits of membership are free tailgating for home football games and invitations to exclusive N-Club events. Members will be able to participate in letter award ceremonies to current student-athletes. Special gear available exclusively to N-Club members will be on sale soon, and each N-Club member receives a lapel pin and certificate suitable for framing.
For information, contact Blount at 318-357-4278 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Online memberships can be secured and complete N-Club information obtained by visiting NSUDemons.com and going to the Demons Unlimited button at the top of the home page, and clicking on the N-Club link.