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Support Jeremy Lin!

Group tickets for Harvard at Columbia U. (NYC), Jan 29th, 2010

Click to enlarge Levien Gym seating chart. NOTE: Group sections F and G are across from the Harvard bench. All Premium Chairback seats are already sold out. The only tickets that remain to the general public are Reserved seats. Seats in all other sections should be reserved thru the Columbia ticket office. We will attempt to sit in Sections F and G first, depending on availability.
This may be your last chance to see the best Asian-American
basketball player ever to play the game!

Jeremy Lin will make a rare appearance here in New York. Join 100+ friends of Dream League and community members as we support him and watch his Harvard Crimson take on the Columbia Lions on Fri Jan 29, 2010!


In support of Jeremy, we are all going to wear red/Crimson ("Cardinal" color also works) t-shirts to the game, in contrast to Columbia's blue. Please spread the word even to those who are not part of our group, but are still attending.

Any red-colored t-shirt will do,

however, if you are having trouble locating one,

you may order from our limited inventory of red Dream League Chinese/Asian-American-themed t-shirts here for just $10 each!

PREMIUM "CHAIRBACK" TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!!! The only seats remaining are in the Reserved sections (see seating chart to the left)

AS OF FRI 1/22, THERE ARE NO MORE RESERVED GROUP TICKETS REMAINING!!! As such, our ticket promotion event has ended. According to the Columbia ticket office, there are only 200 tickets remaining for this game. LIMITED RESERVED TICKETS ($10) REMAIN. Please goto the Columbia ticketing website for more information.

WHAT: NCAA Division I Men's Basketball, Harvard at Columbia

WHEN: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 7:00PM local time (EST)

WHERE: Levien Gym, 3030 Broadway (Dodge Fitness Center), Columbia University campus

COST: No extra handling fees whatsoever! All tickets will be picked up at the Will Call booth.

*** Google Checkout ordering system removed ***


*Buy 10 Reserved tickets, get a pair of Premium Chairback seats for free (quantities limited) or up to 8 additional Reserved tickets for free! Can you bring 5 friends to the game, who will each bring a guest? If so, buy these 10 tickets at once and receive free tickets. THIS IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE (read above).

**Donate $5.00 to Dream League, and a disadvantaged young adult gets to see the game! As part of our efforts to increase awareness of Jeremy Lin, for every $5 donation we receive, we will send a high school basketball player from a low-income, disadvantaged neighborhood to the game. Special thanks to...

DONORS FROM 1/4/2010 (THANK YOU!): NYC GAME: Joan Cheng. SCU GAME: Tina Lu, Jimmy Hom, Rose-Marie Twu, Donald Lee, Rudy Chew, Tony Nguyen, Mark Wu, Todd Han, Derek Mune, Ada Wong, Selena Yang. 30 students from James Lick and Mt. Pleasant High Schools attended the 1/4 game vs Santa Clara for free!

NOTES: Dream League is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We have pre-purchased a certain number of tickets to this game and through group discounts with the Santa Clara University ticket office, are able to offer you discounted pricing. As our program services mandate, our efforts are purely community-oriented and will derive no income from this activity. We are not affiliated with Jeremy Lin or his family, or Harvard men's basketball.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Jeremy Lin? He is a 6'3" senior guard. He weighs about 200 lbs. He has been a starter for the men's basketball team for the past three years. He is of Chinese descent.

How good is he? He's very skilled, very athletic, and has a chance to make it into the NBA. He currently averages about 18 points per game, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocked shots. He's also amongst the nation's leaders for guards in dunks! He has been named to the All-Ivy League team for the past two years and is a lock to make it this year. In high school, he was named California's most valuable player for a Division 2 school, helping Palo Alto High School win the state title against the dominant perennial contenders, Mater Dei.

If he's this good, why is he playing for Harvard? Unlike most top players who are part of high school state championship teams, Jeremy was not actively recruited. He did not receive a single scholarship offer. The best offers he got were guaranteed spots on the varsity squads of Harvard or Brown, Ivy League schools which do not offer athletic scholarships. Stanford and Cal only offered him an opportunity to tryout as a walk-on. There has been speculation that racial discrimination had a lot to do with it.

Why might this be the last time to see him play? If he does not get drafted in the NBA, he may be forced to play overseas. If the remainder of his basketball career is to be played abroad, this will be one of the last opportunities to see him play.

Where can I buy a Jeremy Lin jersey or other paraphernalia? Jeremy is still playing for Harvard, and like all other NCAA athletes, must therefore abide by the NCAA's rules. Because he is an amateur, his name and likeness may not be used for any profit-seeking enterprise. As such, and again like all other NCAA athletes, there are no jerseys or other paraphernalia you can buy that bear his name.

Will there be a chance to meet Jeremy before or after the game? As a student-athlete, Jeremy will be very busy dealing with the local media, Harvard's next opponent, and his studies at Harvard. Per NCAA rules, as an amateur athlete, he may not derive any benefit from any event. Therefore, amongst other logistical problems, it is not possible to organize a meet-and-greet with him or his family.

How are you affiliated with Jeremy Lin? We only want to support him in what may be his last appearance in New York City, and help spread the word about just how good he is to the remainder of the local Asian American and Chinese community, who may not be cognizant of this. We do not represent him or his family. We will not derive any income from this endeavor, nor do we wish as much. In fact, we will may even lose money on this endeavor!

How is it that you may lose money? To encourage you to invite all of your friends and family, we are offering a FREE pair of Premium Chairback tickets (which we already bought at $20 each) for every 10 General Admission tickets you sell. We will then group all of these purchases together and obtain General Admission tickets at a bulk discount rate of $5 per 25 tickets. So, 10 tickets cost us $50 (although we have 15 more to sell), which we are turning around and selling to you for $8.88 each. The 2 Lower Reserved tickets will cost us $40. Therefore, we will lose $1.12 each time someone buys 10 General Admission tickets. However, we are more than happy to lose this token amount if it means 12 supporters of Jeremy Lin will be attending at a time! NOTE: There are only a limited amount of these Premium Chairbacks remaining. When our limit is reached, we will offer up to 8 free additional Reserved tickets. If you plan to bring well over 10-12 people and would like the 11th thru 18th persons to come for free, we can do that in lieu of the two Premium Chairbacks. Just let us know.

What if you make money from only selling General Admission tickets? We will use all excess monies to purchase more General Admission tickets for low-income, disadvantaged youth who are affiliated with Dream League. We run our basketball leagues at local high schools and community centers. We often employ many of their neighborhood kids. It will not be a problem for us to get more and more kids to this game, and be exposed to the best Asian-American basketball player on the planet!

Why are General Admission tickets exactly $8.88? Per Chinese tradition, "8" is a very lucky number.

Where are your seats located? For Reserved, they will be in Sections F and G, which are across from the Harvard bench, then progressing to whichever sections are remaining. Any free Premium Chairbacks seats we have remaining for purchasing in bulk are located in Section D behind the Harvard bench.

I want to sit in Section D or E behind the Harvard bench. Will you have these tickets? No, because those sections are not allocated towards group tickets. If you want to sit in Sections D or E, you will need to purchase your tickets from the Columbia ticket office. They cost $10.

What's the difference between buying tickets from you versus from the Columbia ticket office? Reserved tickets cost $10 each when purchased through the Columbia ticket office. Aside from the slight discount when purchasing your Section F-G tickets from us, you will be sitting amongst other Jeremy Lin supporters!

After I order from you, where do I pickup the tickets? After you order, within 24-48 hours you will receive a confirmation email from us. We will place your ticket(s) at the Will Call window under your name. You will need to bring your id to the game to retrieve those tickets. Someone at the Will Call window will lookup your name and present you an envelope with your name on it and your tickets inside.

What if I already bought tickets? Great! We'll see you at the game. We will also ask supporters to wear red to match Harvard's colors. More on this soon.

How many people do you think will attend? We have set a goal of 200 Dream League-affiliated community members. The Leavey Center can hold 3,400, of which we can assume that at least one-third (see seating chart above) have been reserved by students and season ticket holders. All of the Premium Chairback seats have already been sold out. We think this game has a good chance of eventually selling out.

What can I do to help? Just tell everyone you know who might be remotely interested! Basketball afficionados may be interested to see just how good Jeremy is. Asian-Americans can celebrate one of the few successful high-profile athletes. And the Chinese community can come support one of their own. Tell them that if there were ONE basketball game you could ever attend, this could be it! It may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We will also ask supporters to wear red to match Harvard's colors. More on this soon.

Where can I find more about Jeremy Lin? You can read more on Dream League's blog, Poor Man's Commish. Check out our Facebook Event Page for social media, commentary, videos, and more links!

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