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Virginia Tech announces the Drive for 25

BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) - The Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced a new campaign with a goal of increasing Hokie Club membership and athletics scholarship support on Monday.

The Virginia Tech Athletic Department launched the Drive for 25, a new fundraising initiative to raise money for student-athlete scholarships and a familiar face is helping the cause.

Former head football coach Frank Beamer was on hand as Hokies Director of Athletics Whit Babcock revealed the campaign to encourage university alumni to contribute to the Hokie Club. The goal is to have 25,000 members to contribute the fund that will go to student-athlete scholarships. Beamer will serve as the front-man of the effort.

"I've always wanted to see Virginia Tech continue to get bigger and better and that's exactly what's happening and so we need to get bigger and better towards these scholarships, so I hope everyone out there will join in and a strong Hokie, a good Hokie, and get this thing done," said Beamer.

"We certainly want to have arms wise enough to welcome all Hokies, alumni and friends," said Babcock. "We have this goal of reaching 25,000. Clemson, Florida State and Louisville are all very close to that and we want to be the best and 25,000 is a great number and an aggressive goal for us to shoot for."

The Hokie Club currently has about 11,000.