Big 12 Legend Former University of Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops Joins Special Spectators Board Following Retirement

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As National Charity Prepares for Another Record Roster of Nationwide Activations, Beloved Coach Joins their Mission to Serve More Seriously Ill Children

NEW YORK, NY-- (Marketwired – September 7, 2017) - With an entirely volunteer troop of passionate sports fans yet again spreading the joy of Game Day, Special Spectators announces that Bob Stoops, legendary Big 12 former University of Oklahoma Coach, has joined its Board. The move comes as the organization readies another record season of nearly 50 all-access experiences for seriously ill children, officially opening its season on September 9th at Duke, Illinois, Michigan State, UCLA and Virginia Tech. Full schedule available here.

“I am excited and honored to join the board of Special Spectators. This organization has been very special to me and to children in Oklahoma who are fighting incredible battles,” said Stoops. “These kids have inspired me and my teams in so many ways over the years, and I am thrilled to be able to serve them in this capacity.”

As the organization plans nearly 50 events this season, sponsorships, corporate and private donations will fuel the charity's expansion and further enhance the already remarkable signature experience, enabling Special Spectators to play a significant role in the lives of even more seriously ill children this season and beyond. Special Spectators is known for hosting these special game day experiences at collegiate athletic events nationwide, and has served nearly 10,000 patients, parents and siblings  to date at nearly 400 Game Days. 

"This season marks our 16th serving incredible children in communities all over the country, and it’s honestly deeply moving and means so much that Coach Bob Stoops, someone who shares our love of these children, is joining me and my team on this journey,” said Special Spectators Founder and Executive Director Blake Rockwell. “Coach has been so good to the children of Special Spectators and to us. We are thrilled to be working with him, as we head into another action packed season.”

With opening weekend just around the corner, the charity is in the process of finalizing its 16th season hosting seriously ill children and their families at VIP all-access events nationwide. In addition to long-standing events with committed partners such as Stoops’ own University of Oklahoma—as well as Northwestern University, Illinois and Alabama—Special Spectators will be hosting unforgettable experiences at many others, across all conferences and in local communities nationwide. 

In addition to the current schedule, there are many schools whose Athletic Departments have committed for 2017, whose specific Game Day dates will be added to the schedule in the coming weeks.

If you would like to discuss your brand’s sponsorship of a series of Game Days or consider a donation, please contact the organization today: Owen Shull - 

About Special Spectators
Special Spectators partners with athletic departments, coaching staffs, athletes, local hospitals, student volunteers, network broadcasters, and corporate sponsors to serve these children and families nationwide. The organization is entirely volunteer-based, with no paid staff and relies heavily on donations and in-kind support to fuel its calendar of events each year. Follow Special Spectators on Twitter @SpecialFans or find them on Facebook. To donate and help give even more seriously ill children a magical VIP game day, please visit the website. There you can also find out more about what your donations cover -- everything from food, to tents and chairs, and transportation.

Kendall Allen
For Special Spectators

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Introducing Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor has teamed with Special Spectators as fundraising counsel, as the organization prepares for its 16th season of providing VIP all-access college football Game Day experiences for seriously ill children and their families nationwide.

The all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, expects to host upwards of 50 VIP Game Days this season and is in the process of expanding corporate and individual support in all regions of the country. It's a spectacular time to get involved.

Special Spectators offers several sponsorship tiers and partnerships to businesses of all sizes and opportunities for executives and employees to get directly involved in the Game Day experience through customizations. In addition, the organization is excited to share that some of its most longstanding supportive coaches have added underwriting of key Game Day events to their support of the organization. Individual donations are welcome.

Mike brings more than 25 years of experience in the sports and fundraising world - most recently, consulting with the American Football Coaches Association and the AFC Foundation for the last 12 years. He will be instrumental as Special Spectators moves to create even more powerful sports experiences for seriously ill children all year around for all sports seasons by securing both private and corporate donations as well as sponsorships that enhance the experience for the kids and their families. He's here to work with you, should you be interested in exploring.

As Special Spectators prepares for the 2017 College Football season, it has slotted events this fall with some of the biggest programs in the country. Millions of fans - in the stands and broadcast audiences - will witness the joy of game day for kids battling cancer, major cardiac conditions, awaiting organ transplants and other life-threatening illnesses.


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