Monday, June 23, 2008

Huge sponsorship deal by Texas Tech University

Last year, Texas Tech University generously agreed to host the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls, the most prestigious all-girls event in the United States, for the next 10 years and award a four-year academic scholarship for the winner each year to attend TTU. That is nearly an $800,000 sponsorship package.

After the announcement was made, Texas Tech made the sponsorship even better by offering free accommodation for players (based on double occupancy; small, additional fees for single rooms or to share with family members may occur) who choose to stay on TTU’s campus and complete the tournament.

This morning, the Provost Office announced an unprecedented offer to complete the incredible sponsorship package. All participants will receive free meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 6 days = 18 meals per player) on campus for the entire tournament! Parents, coaches, or siblings who want to join their players will only pay $22 per day for all three meals (buffet style).

This brings the total sponsorship for the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls for the next 10 years to over $1 million!

Big big big thanks to Provost Dr. William Marcy, Vice-Provost Dr. Jim Brink, Peggy Flores, and everyone else who made this possible! Other than Dr. Karlsson, Dr. Marcy and Dr. Brink is the biggest reason why my family and I chose to come to Texas Tech. They fully understand the importance of chess and education, research, and outreach and they are the men behind the creation of SPICE. This one of a kind world-class institute would not exist without their full commitment and support.

I was asked why SPICE and TTU do not offer the same support for the Denker event. The same generous sponsorship offer was made for the Denker Tournament of HS Champions. The USCF, lead by USCF President Bill Goichberg and his supporters, rejected the sponsorship offer by Texas Tech University.
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