We all love TKP and the great content, community and outlet it provides. Joe, the staff and the community they've fostered make TKP more fun, unique, and close-knit than other sports sites.
But we can do more.
Inspired by the "Meta: Trying Something New" posts, and the recent, honest self-reflections that we VT fans need to donate more if we want to compete with the "Big Dogs", I (with Joe's support) propose an in-house TKPC "scholarship" wherein a deserving TKP reader who does not have the financial resources to pay for a TKPC membership, is gifted that membership for one year. The recipient would be dubbed a "Beneficiary Until Dipped", or BUD. (Note - this has been in the works long before coronavirus, but now more than ever, we should help each other out.)
An ideal BUD would be someone who:
- Is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about VT sports
- Is active and appreciated on the boards (starts relevant threads, GIFs hard, etc)
- Is viewed as an overall positive and uplifting member of TKP boards
- Plans to become a TKPC member after their BUD year ends, they just cannot right now
Posters who do little but decry VT student-athletes, bitch and moan about recruiting, and belittle the coaches are not BUDs. Sports are supposed to be fun, and TKP, its boards and members should be too.
My intention is to pay for a BUD scholarship in year one; my hope is someone else takes the torch every year thereafter. If you are interested in sponsoring another BUD this season, please reach out to Joe. Either way, it's an opportunity for us to "put up or shut up" about how much we care about VT, in our own FAM way.
BUD's may self-nominate, or be nominated by others. Ideally, board regulars will have plenty of worthy suggestions and reasons. Post your nominations below and they should include why you / another TKP member should be the inaugural BUD. The deadline for submitting is one week from today- 4/10/2020.
Based on the community's suggestions, a final decision will be made and announced. Logistics for payment will be worked out privately with the selectee.
Big ups to Joe for his support and logistics help with creating the BUD scholarship.