Our season is underway, and we have some ground to make up “on the court” to get to where we want to be as a franchise. Obviously, we want to win a championship. That’s easier said then done, especially when your roster contains 6 rookies still learning the transition to the high intensity of play at the professional level.
Nevertheless, as I have said many times before, the “real” championship for our franchise is off the court. The Florida Flight is about to take community involvement to the next level. I’m pleased to announce two of our newest programs: J’s for A’s and our Not Afraid to Fly programs.
J’s for A’s
This program is set up to encourage students in High School or younger to strive for all A’s on their report card. We are asking students who receive all A’s to send a copy of that report card to us. For every report card period, we will select a lucky recipient via a raffle drawing, and the Flight will purchase a brand new pair of Michael Jordan brand sneakers for that student.
Not Afraid to Fly
This program will be the Flight mentorship program. We want to be a franchise that supports the dreams and aspirations of the youth. I personally believe that our dreams are the road map that God uses to get us to where He intends for us to be. The Not Afraid to Fly program will encourage those kids 17 and under to write a short essay articulating what their dreams and aspirations are. We are going to set aside 200 season tickets for this program, and those who submit an essay will receive a free season ticket for the Florida Flight. Additionally, we are going to increase our professional network by seeking out businesses and partners that we can connect with so as to provide mentors for these kids in their respective areas of interest. We want to help make their dreams a reality by providing the kids with direct access to someone in their filed of interest. If someone writes about being a lawyer, we want to connect them with a lawyer and possibly get them an opportunity to visit a law office to see what goes on. The same thing goes for someone writing about being a doctor, a nurse, a mechanic, maybe a professional athlete, etc. Whatever the dream, we want to encourage kids to pursue those dreams. We want to make sure the next generation is NOT AFRAID TO FLY!
To launch these programs properly, we need your help. We play at Avalon Middle School in Avalon Park. We’ve done two basketball clinics for these kids, and have officially become “Partners in Education” for Orange County Schools last week. We want to launch these programs via Avalon Middle School first. We are planning an Avalon Middle School Night where Avalon Middle School students receive FREE ADMISSION!
To help shoulder the burden of operational costs, we are looking for businesses and individuals to help support these programs by purchasing the tickets for these kids. Our regular priced tickets are $10, but for this event, we are only charging $2.00/ticket. To provide ample seating for the Avalon Middle School students, only patrons purchasing 25 or more tickets will be allowed to attend this game as well. Additionally, we are going to provide Flight Booster Memberships for every purchase that meets the 3 Booster tiers: Flight Attendant ($25), Co-Pilot ($50) and Captain ($100).
Our goal is to sell 1,000 tickets at just $2.00 each. This will enable all of the kids to attend this game for free, and help us cover all operational costs for the game. At half-time, we will unveil the details of the “J’s for A’s” and “Not Afraid to Fly” programs to the kids. Additionally, we will acknowledge everyone who helped support the launch of these programs by purchasing these $2.00 tickets, exclusively acknowledging those who reach the different Flight Booster Membership tiers with their ticket purchase.
The mission of our franchise is to “Utilize the platform of professional basketball to invest in the lives of others!” We are a young franchise still in the process of building up our platform so that we can have a positive influence and impact on the communities we serve and represent. We can’t do it alone. Won’t you please consider purchasing even just one ticket to help us take the execution of our mission statement to the next level? We’ve even made it as easy as purchasing online with no additional online processing fees. You can help right now by going to the following website to make a quick, painless purchase:
Help us set America up for success by investing in our next generation of leaders!
Until next time…
Mark Anthony King