The Virginia Cavaliers’ 2018-2019 basketball campaign is right around the corner, and we’re continuing our daily countdown to tipoff with the launch of the fifth edition of the Pack Line Pledge to benefit the One Love Foundation in honor of Yeardley Love.
The One Love Foundation was founded following the tragic events in 2010, when Virginia women’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love was murdered by her boyfriend George Huguely, a member of the Virginia men’s lacrosse team. The organization works to raise awareness about the early warning signs of relationship abuse and to activate communities to change the statistics surrounding relationship violence. Today, according to One Love Foundation, one in three women, and one in four men, will experience relationship violence in their lifetime.
You already know all about Virginia’s defense. Every possession matters. The shot clock violation is very real struggle for opponents, and no fan base in the country derives more energy than Virginia from hearing that buzzer.
We’re encouraging all Virginia fans to take the Pack Line Pledge. Through the Pack Line Pledge and your generosity, we’ve raised well over $27,500 for the One Love Foundation in just four years, and we’re counting on you once again this year.
What is the Pack Line Pledge? It’s your pledge that each time Virginia holds an opponent to under 55 points, you’ll donate $____ to the One Love Foundation. You decide how much that amount is — it could be $5.00, it could be $50.00. The tighter Virginia’s defense, the more money you’ll donate.
Last year, Virginia a whopping 18 opponents to under 55 (and another two right at 55!). That’s 18 out of 34 teams.
Over the past couple years, we’ve seen a lot of you create your own mini-challenges, doubling your donation amount in the post season, or giving more if it’s under 50, or even under 45. So this year, we’ll introduce some bonus pledge opportunities—it’s all optional, and in good fun, so just pledge what you can!
- Bonus 1: Women’s Basketball. Each time the women hold one of their opponents to under 55, you make your donation! Last year, nine opponents failed to reach 55.
- Bonus 2: Rounding errors. Is holding an opponent to 55 really any less impressive than under 55? Let’s consider it a rounding error and make our donations nonetheless.
- Bonus 3: Double down. We’re talkin’ bout the postseason! If the team holds an opponent to under 55 during either the ACC Tournament or the NCAA Tournament, double your donation!
- Bonus 4: Extra credit. When the team goes above and beyond, so do you! Pay an extra buck for each point when an opponent can’t even reach 50. Held to 48 points? Add two bucks to your donation.
Each time the pledge is triggered, we’ll shoot you an email and publish an article here to make it easy for you to donate.
Ready to make your pledge? Make your pledge below, but check in after each successful pack line pledge game to officially make your donation! (Click here if the below is not displaying.)