Buick and VCU fans come through for the Ram Nation 4

You heard our sob story and answered the call to send four die-hard VCU fans to Houston for our first of what we hope will be many Final 4 appearances.

After exhausting our funds on such memorable trips as Dayton, Ohio for the first ever “First Four” game, and San Antonio, Texas for VCU’s first appearance in both the Sweet 16 and Elite 8, we are incredibly excited to announce we will ALL be headed to Houston thanks to Buick and VCU fans all over the place who were kind enough to donate to what we consider the worthiest of causes…making four die-hard VCU fans’ dream come true!

Buick — makers of the gorgeous new 2011 Regal, LaCrosse, and Enclave models — were generous enough to provide Ram Nation with airfare for two, as well as two hotel rooms, passes to the many exciting Buick events taking place Final Four weekend, and a gorgeous new Buick LaCrosse to help get us around the nation’s fourth-largest city (on loan of course).

And thanks to all the generous fans of Ram Nation, we won’t have to draw straws to see who gets that opportunity, because in a matter of four days, we were able to raise the money for our two remaining members to fly to Houston!

It’s been an honor and a privilege covering VCU basketball these past four years, and part of what has made that so enjoyable is getting to know so many of the people who make the Siegel Center such an amazing game day experience.

We can’t thank the following generous individuals enough for helping send us to this historic event, but we will try by doing our best in covering every bit of VCU basketball we are allowed access too.

Brian Haug of Prosperity Mortgage, the fine folks at Bamboo Cafe, Jamie Blackburn, Kelly Garrison, Christopher “Pav” Crowley, Shane Barton, Johnny Hugel, Jayci Page, William Ward, Jim “Banana” Cummings, Ellen Bucher, Joe Remerowski (Ohio Bobcats showin’ love), Tyler Crowley, Grant Hunnicutt, Neale Wright, Mari Hommel, Aaron Page, Curtis Fritts, David Phan, Shari Schaefer, Ramona Neifeld, “Pop + Shorty”, John Leino, Wil Yow (see you in Houston!), Elaina Fejes, Robert E Sorah, Diana Mathews, Carlaw Mathews, Daniel Warshaw, Arielle Walters, Gary Moore, Jerry Beach (shout out to defiantlydutch.blogspot.com !..we love Hofstra fans!), Taras Bobiwsky, Stephen B Poore, Kenny Shultz, Marquita Stith, Willis Thompson (love your bands), William Weaver, Nathan Buttleman, William Mroz, Philip Kempf, Gigi Amateau, and Brandon Peck for your t-shirt drive that helped put us over the top.

As long as VCU will have us around, we will be there for you guys.

Thank you,
Mat Shelton
Marcus Shrock
Michael Hagan
& Matt Morton

A two-time graduate of VCU (School of the Arts '07, Center for Sport Leadership '10), Mat is a co-founder of VCU Ram Nation and a longtime fan as the ...