Preaching to the choir here I know. But everyone, no matter their situation, should find something on the list they can do. I'm sure there are more. Add to the list if you have other ideas.
Join the Red Wolves Foundation
At the minimum level of $50 it is less than a dollar a week. Really? One dollar a week. For that you get seating priority for post-season. It's also tax deductible. What does it do? It gets some money into the coffer but most importantly it allows our fundraisers to go out and tell corporate donors, politicians, and others that we have x number of foundation members and grew our membership by x this year. Those numbers are important. Most will also find that they don't really miss that dollar a week. Cost: $1 per week.
Get a Red Wolves Car Tag
If you live in Arkansas, get one for every vehicle. They cost $25 more than regular plates and that money goes into a scholarship fund. $25 isn't that much for most folks. Your plate in Jonesboro directly challenges the myth that there are more fans of other schools in Jonesboro than A-State fans. Your plate elsewhere in the state is a visible reminder that we are here. It's also very cool when you see another Red Wolf plate 1200 miles from home. Cost: about 50 cents a week
Join the Alumni Association
Individual is $36. With spouse is $48. Membership in the ASU Alumni Association is open to all graduates, former students, friends, and persons who have an interest in A-State. You get a bunch of discounts that will more than likely pay for the membership several times over, particularly if you live in Jonesboro. It also gets you into AA events at bowls and such. Cost: less than $1 a week
Buy Season Tickets
Reserved benchback is $115. Number of season tickets sold is a number a lot of people look at. It is also predictable revenue that isn't subject to the ups and downs of weather or other factors. It is a sign of the fans dedication to the program over the whole season, win or lose. Cost: a little over $2 per week
Show Up Early, Leave Late
The worst thing in the world is to be walking in the parking lot and hearing an enormous roar out of the stadium. I know someone who was in the parking lot heading for the car when Joe Duren kicked the miracle win against McNeese. Doh! The traffic is not THAT bad. Cost: $0
Reenacting Noah's flood during the SEMO game was a unique experience. Nobody really wants to sit in that to see us play SEMO. But my bunch did and it became a memory that stands out. It becomes a point of pride. Did you stay for all of the SEMO game? Did you freeze your butt off at the Georgia State game? If you are healthy and don't have kids to take, just get up and force yourself to ignore the weather forecast whatever it is. It's not Green Bay. Are we losing? Steel yourself and stay the entire game. Cost: $0
We have some folks who got trained back in the day when there wasn't much to cheer about. They sat and watched and hoped. Those folks need to retrain themselves. Roll up your program, stand up, and yell when they have the ball. Leave with no voice. Cost: $0
Put a Sticker on Every Vehicle
This is especially true if you can't afford an A-State car tag. A sticker costs from $0 to $3. It serves the same purpose as the car tag minus the scholarship money. It is something every student and fan can do cheaply that increases the visibility of the university and athletics. Cost: $0 to $3
If you interact with a politician or a candidate...let them know that the advancement of the university is a key issue for you. If they don't hear it they don't pay attention to it. You never know when it will make a difference on some issue involving A-State if the politician has heard it from two or three different people. If there is an issue going on...write a letter. They pay more attention to letters than e-mails. Cost: a stamp
Fly Car Flags on Gameday
It's an event that happens only a few times a year. It's okay to go all out. Cost: a few bucks for some flags
Do it. I do it when I see someone with a car tag or wearing A-State gear. Particularly if I'm not in Jonesboro. It's a great way to acknowledge each other. I also like to see the reactions of fans of other schools. They vary. Which brings up..... Cost: $0
Don't Be Shy
We've sort of been bullied to conform by fans of other schools. We're not supposed to be highly visible. Screw that. Walking around Bentonville in a Red Wolf shirt is not a problem. Cost: $0
Wear your Gear
If I'm not at work, I'm in a Red Wolves shirt 99% of the time. There's only so many opportunities to increase visibility for A-State so I use them. Cost: $0
Attend Another Sport
We averaged 1805 in 2013 for WBB. Arkansas averaged 1933. UALR averaged 2719. Those are the first goals to reach in that sport. Taking wives and daughters is a good thing. Some of these sports have low attendance everywhere. It's a distinct recruiting advantage if you can incrementally increase your attendance. Give those coaches some ammo. Cost: ticket price
Never miss an opportunity to promote the program face to face. Let people know why its important to support the university and its athletics. Let them know the impact on the local economy. Let them know what supporting A-State can do for the city and area. Encourage them to do some of the stuff on this list. Learn the history of your school and the common myths and stupid arguments detractors use and be ready with the actual facts. Stand up for your school. Cost: $0
Participate in Social Media
Follow/like all the official A-State accounts and sports. Recruits do look at how many followers a potential school has and how active they are. If everyone who followed A-State Athletics (8,000+) on Twitter followed A-State football (3,500+) and the others sports...that would be impressive. There isn't any reason not to even if you really aren't interested in the sport because you can "mute" any accounts you don't want on your timeline, and you will just get the notifications without the timeline clutter. Follow and Like. Cost: $0
Participate on Message Boards
Interact on message boards. A-State boards, conference boards, general sports forums, comment sections, etc. Let fans of other schools know that we have an active fan base. There are some schools that are almost silent and have no fans interacting. There are schools that were in our conference that went months without a post on their message boards. The impression is....those schools don't really have dedicated fans. Cost: $0
Get Involved With the Support Clubs
Get involved in the support clubs for the various sports. You will have a better appreciation for all the hard work that takes place behind the scenes to make all of this work.
Deck Out Your Workspace
Let your co-workers know that you are a Red Wolves fan. It may encourage others.
If you don't like getting gifts, or know someone who gives bad ones....suggest that instead of giving you a birthday or Christmas present they instead donate to the Red Wolf Foundation.
Attend Watch Parties
If fans set up watch parties for away games and bowl games, attend and interact. This allows you to network with other A-State fans and also helps bar/restaurant owners figure out that there is a market there that they can serve.
Invite Others To Games
Invite others. If you are a student act like everyone going to the game is your expectation. Invite your family. Invite your friends. Invite visitors. Invite co-workers. Invite church friends. Find people to bring to games. This is especially true of those who have never attended.
"Unlike" and "Unfollow" other Area Schools
When you "Like" or "Follow" other schools on social media be aware that advertisers, marketers, and corporate decision-makers buy that data and use it to make decisions in your geographical area on sponsorships, donations, advertising, licensing, stocking stores, etc. If you have to cheer for another school, ok, but try to do it without helping them out-market A-State.