From Delta State University Athletics

As the 2020-2021 season for DSU Athletics approaches, I want to encourage our fellow Statesmen Athletics supporters to partner with our athletic administration, coaches and student-athletes in pursuit of our highest levels of achievement. As we navigate the waters of what lies ahead in each respective season, we need your participation and encouragement more than any previous time in our athletic program’s history. In a time of financial uncertainty, we continue our commitment to field you athletic teams you can identify with and be proud of.

We continue to review each aspect of the Statesmen Club program to provide our fan base options to join at the level that best suits your means. The various membership levels and the corresponding benefit packages allow everyone to find their best option to “get in the lineup” and be a member of our support team. In addition to encouraging new members to join, I want to challenge renewals to increase your commitment to Delta State Athletics. Thoughtfully consider increasing your membership level to the next tier up or a 10% increase to your previous year’s contribution. Just as our athletic teams cannot continue to be satisfied with last season’s results, neither can our support system. Success is dependent upon the financial loyalty we receive beyond our institutional budgets to allow us to “do the extras” that otherwise would not be possible. When you join with us, all our athletic teams benefit.

In return for your support and membership in the Statesmen Club, we pledge our best effort to give our fan base a great game day experience. We want your family to enjoy Delta State Athletics and have convenience in areas of parking, seating, Delta State apparel, concessions and youth activities. Our competitive spirit will be strong on the courts and fields, and your participation in the Delta State Athletics Statesmen Club will allow us to continue to be “Where Champions Play.”

Always a Statesman,

Mike Kinnison
Director of Athletics

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Our Staff

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Director of Athletics
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Barkley Falkner

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Casey Key

Athletic Development Officer
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Why Give To The Statesmen Club?

The Statesmen Club is an integral factor in providing for the excellence of the program. Through donations of DSU supporters, The Statesmen Club is able to provide financial support for student-athletes participating in 13 varsity sports, as well as cheerleading.

Statesmen and Lady Statesmen supporters throughout the United States and the world show their pride in DSU athletics by being a part of The Statesmen Club. We welcome all DSU alumni and friends.

With seven distinct giving levels, The Statesmen Club offers an opportunity to make an immediate and real impact on our nearly 400 student-athletes, coaches and staff. Every dollar raised by The Statesmen Club directly effects our coaches, student-athletes and staff, as we strive to build champions of character on and off the field.

Important Dates

July 1, 2020

Beginning of
Statesmen Club Fiscal Year

July 2020

Football Season Tickets
Go on Sale

August 2020

Football Season Ticket Priority Deadline

September 2020

Yearly Kickoff Event

October 2020

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Season Ticket Priority Deadline

December 2020

Christmas Holiday Social

January 2021

Baseball and Softball Season Ticket Priority Deadline

January 2021

Winter Sports Event

April 2021

Spring Sports Event

June 25, 2021

Statesmen Club Fiscal Year Ends – All Pledges Due in Full

Programs & Initiatives

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Future Statesmen Club

Kids (12 and under) are invited to join the Future Statesmen Kids Club and membership has its benefits!

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Varsity Club

Former Statesmen and Lady Statesmen are encouraged to join the Varsity Club for an additional contribution of $14. The amount corresponds to the ten national championships earned here at Delta State.

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Legends Society

Membership in the Legends Society is reserved for donors who have accumulated $25,000 or more in giving to athletics funding campaigns. With a sustained annual Statesmen Club Membership of $500 or more, members will be invited to participate in public acknowledgment ceremony at home events.

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Designated Gifts

Delta State Athletics prides itself as a self-sustaining athletic department, affording nearly 400 student-athletes in 13 intercollegiate varsity sports the opportunity to be champions in the classroom, in competition, and in the community. In addition to supporting the 14 sport programs, there are other areas that provide assistance to our student-athletes and their quest for excellence. Examples such as strength & conditioning, sports medicine, sports nutrition, mentoring and leadership development to name a few.

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The mission of The Statesmen Club is to aid the Athletics Department in the form of student-athlete scholarships, funding for facility improvements, supplement funding to individual sports, and in many other ways necessary to have an outstanding athletics program.

Ways To Give

Click HERE to access important information regarding booster regulations.
Click Here to give online now!
Individuals wishing to mail a donation may print this gift form and mail the form to:
Delta State Athletics
Attn: Statesmen Club
P.O. Box A-3
Cleveland, MS 38733
When writing a check, please make check payable to “Delta State Athletics.”
Joining The Statesmen Club has never been easier, as the Delta State University Foundation allows donors to pay out their pledge in monthly installments. Annual installments are available for pledges at certain amounts. Members making a monthly pledge by credit card or payroll deduction are eligible for benefits.
More than 1,000 companies participate in a matching gift program, which allows you the opportunity to double or possibly triple your contribution to The Statesmen Club. If your company is a participant, please enclose your company’s matching gift form along with your gift. You will receive credit for the total contribution toward your membership level in The Statesmen Club.
If you are a Delta State University employee or you work for an employer that allows deductions, you can utilize payroll deduction for your membership in The Statesmen Club. Please contact your Human Resources office for more information to receive the appropriate form to begin monthly deductions.
An endowment gift will help perpetuate the success of Delta State University Athletics for years to come! Each endowed gift provides annual income to help support the various needs, operating expenses and enhancements our sports programs require to stay competitive at the national level.
Wishing to leave a legacy at Delta State Athletics while planning for the future? Gifts in the following options are available as alternatives to outright gifts of cash or property and state your intentions of leaving a bright future to DSU Athletics all while receiving substantial income, estate, and gift tax benefits now! To inquire about a planned gift to DSU Athletics, please contact the Lori Spencer, Director of Prospect Development, at 662-846-4794 or email

Common planned/estate giving ways are Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Gift Annuities, Deferred Gift Annuities, Charitable Lead Trusts, Pooled Income Funds, Life Insurance and Bequests.
Gifts-in-kind are any tangible goods the Department of Athletics can use during the course of the year that would normally be purchased. Subject to university approval and IRS regulations, the value of the contribution is credited to your name.

Donor Impact


“Rebekah and I are extremely proud of our football program and what it stands for,” Miller Arant said. “We hope that our gift will not only help our student-athletes, but will help carry Delta State football forward as coach Todd Cooley continues to build the premier program in NCAA Division II football.”


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"Delta State University made such an impact on my life that I want to help insure that future generations of Statesmen and lady Statesmen have the same opportunities student-athlete," said Ned Mitchell. "Being a member of the Delta State family means more than just graduating or representing it on a team. It means supporting the programs with your time, talents, and treasure.”




“On top of the great lessons and experiences gained from playing baseball for Coach Ferriss, my Delta State University education allowed me to successfully compete against global business executives from Harvard, Stanford, and many other leading universities in my 38-year business career," said Tim Harvey. "I owe a great deal to DSU and it’s people that prepared me for my professional life. Therefore, it is important for me to give back to the university that did so much for me.”


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The Statesmen Club: Pillars Of The Program

Expanding Scholarship Opportunities
Facility and Locker Room Enhancements
Team and Staff Leadership Trainings and Events
Championship Awards and Recognitions
Travel and Recruiting Upgrades
Expanding Student-Athlete Services
Staff Professional Development

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Membership Benefits

The Statesmen Club offers seven distinct membership levels that allow Statesmen and Lady Statesmen supporters across the state and nation to show their pride in Delta State Athletics by being a part of The Statesmen Club!

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Members may decline benefits in-order to receive a 100% tax deductible credit for their donation.
Membership in The Statesmen Club is on an annual basis, running July 1 through June 25 of each year.
Members with advanced parking or ticketing priority will be eligible to purchase spots and/or tickets before the general public. Each General Admission All-Sports Season Pass may be exchanged for one Reserved Single-Sport Season Pass or two General Admission All-Sports Season Passes may be exchanged for one All-Sport Streaming Pass.