Youngstown State University kicked off its first annual football jersey auction this month with a lead block from the NECA-IBEW Electricians.
College football fans interested in purchasing a YSU game-worn, military-themed, special-edition jersey – and support a great cause – can visit ysujerseyauction.com and place their bid.
The website was designed, hosted and sponsored by NECA-IBEW Electricians. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for YSU’s veteran student population, managed by the YSU Foundation.
VISIT YSUjerseyauction.com to place your bid.
The auction runs through Nov. 4 and will award the top 80 bidders with jerseys. Winning bidders also get to specify what name goes on the jersey, with the idea being to honor a veteran they know. Players will wear the jerseys with the winners’ chosen names on the back during the Nov. 18 Military Appreciation Game.
“We’ve supported numerous YSU and Veterans Resource Center projects, and we’re always looking for ways to assist veterans, so when we were approached about this one, we were more than excited to jump in,” said Jack Savage, executive director, Mahoning Valley NECA chapter.
Nearly 400 student veterans are enrolled at YSU, and unfortunately, not every one receives VA funding. Some veterans are forced to put their academic goals on hold, or forgo them completely, due to lack of financial resources. That’s the impetus for the scholarship fund and events like this to support student veterans in need.
Interested bidders must first register on the auction website and make a minimum bid of $125. At the end of the auction, the highest bidder gets first choice in jersey numbers. The second highest bidder gets second choice, and so on.
The 80 winning bidders will be contacted by YSU for jersey details and payment at the conclusion of the auction.
NECA-IBEW Electricians is an association of IBEW-represented electricians in Warren and Youngstown, and signatory electrical contractors in the Mahoning Valley.