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Southern Oregon raising funds to buy NAIA championship rings

What's the one thing that unites every champion, regardless of sport? If a member of the 1970 New York Knicks and 2012 North Dakota State Bison met at a bar, what's the one thing they would have in common?

A championship ring.

Fresh off its first NAIA national championship, Southern Oregon is looking for help to purchase its set of championship rings. The Raiders have set up a fundraising drive in hopes of raising $37,000 to buy 150 rings for players and staff.

"Unlike the NCAA Division I level – where the championship rings are already paid for – the Raiders have to purchase their own. Each ring costs approximately $250," the page reads. "You can honor a player or position group by donating to the "Ring 'Em Up" campaign. Your gift will help create a lasting memory for our National Champions. Help us commemorate (and decorate) this historic group of SOU student-athletes."

Athletics director Bobby Heiken told the Associated Press said that Southern Oregon has raised $14,000, putting them about 40 percent of the way there.

SOU rings

(via NBC SportsCBS Sports)