GAME CHANGER ARTICLES OF AFFILIATION

  • Current Game Changer Affiliation is required for organizations wanting to participate in and/or host Game Changer licensed events (Championships, Clinics/Demos, Invitational, etc.) and to access other annual Affiliate benefits.
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    Affiliate’s Confirmation

  • To be eligible for Game Changer’s Team Insurance coverage, Affiliate must be current with all filing and reporting requirements with Game Changer, the Texas Secretary of State, the Texas Comptroller, and the IRS, and must have an accurate coach and player roster on file with Game Changer. Any change to the roster must be filed with Game Changer, in writing and signed by a coach, within three (3) days to ensure continued coverage.
  • Game Changer’s purpose is to offer an amateur sports circuit that enhances and strengthens participation and healthy competition among young athletes wanting to compete at a higher level; to expose participants to collegiate recruiting and NCAA Certification events; to promote sportsmanship and good citizenship on and off the playing field/court; and to work with other affiliates to build a community where amateur athletes learn the skills of the game and how to use those skills in everyday life.
  • Affiliate is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, as detailed more fully on the last page of these Articles. Upon Affiliate’s dissolution, Affiliate’s assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code § 501(c)(3) or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.
  • Affiliate shall be responsible for all aspects of Affiliate’s operation, including but not limited to: all sports activities, volunteers, staffing, training and leadership, fundraising, compliance with all filing requirements, state and federal laws and regulations, all local ordinances, and will operate in accordance with Game Changer’s rules, regulations, and policies, and all amendments thereto.
  • Affiliate shall not conduct, directly or indirectly, any gaming or gambling (including raffles, bingo, poker nights, etc.), except in accordance with the Charitable Raffle Enabling Act, Chapter 2002 of the Occupations Code (Tex. Occ. Code Ann. Ch. 2002 (Vernon 2004)).
  • Game Changer shall be responsible for operating the Circuit, including providing tournament discounts and exposure for all Affiliates; maintaining the Game Changer website and making players’ biographies and photos available to recruiters; providing apparel programs with participating brands; and providing grant opportunities to qualifying Affiliates. Game Changer also offers Affiliates access to the benefits of tax-exempt recognition under its IRS Group Exemption Letter.
  • To be eligible for Game Changer’s Team Apparel discount on Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour, Affiliate must be current with all filing and reporting requirements with Game Changer, the Texas Secretary of State, the Texas Comptroller, and the IRS.
  • To be eligible for Game Changer’s grant opportunities Affiliate shall participate in three mandatory Game Changer tournaments or exposure events (“Tournaments”), tentatively scheduled for March, May, and July of each year. The winner of 2 of the 3 Tournaments in each division will be eligible for up to $3000 towards travel to a National Tournament the following year. Affiliate can raise additional funds by hosting a Tournament. Additional opportunities may be made available each year at Game Changer’s discretion.
  • To be eligible for Game Changer’s group tax exemption letter, Affiliate must have current Articles of Affiliation on file with Game Changer. Affiliate is responsible for all IRS filing requirements, including the appropriate individual Form 990 (990-EZ or 990-N) annual return.
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    Signatures and Authorizations

  •  A completed and signed copy of these Game Changer Articles of Affiliation

     A copy of Affiliate’s Certificates of Filing and Formation, file-stamped by the Texas Secretary of State, if incorporated as a non-profit corporation

     A copy of Affiliate’s EIN Confirmation Letter

     A check or money order for your organization’s Annual Affiliate Dues
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    Rules & Regulations

  • Affiliates are required to comply with all of the laws governing a Texas non-profit corporation, including keeping accurate and detailed records of all financial transactions. Financial information, must include all sources of support, including but not limited to contributions, grants, sponsorships, and any other source of income. Affiliate must have a bank account in its own name. If Affiliate receives a donation of $250 or more, a written acknowledgement must be sent, no later than January 31st of the following year, to the donor including the following information: 1. Affiliate’s full legal name; 2. the amount of the cash contribution or a description (but not the value) of a non-cash contribution; and 3. a statement that “no goods or services were provided by the organization in return for the contribution,” or a description and good faith estimate of the value of goods or services, if any, that an organization provided in return for the contribution. For more detailed information regarding this requirement, please see IRS Publication 1771: Charitable Contributions.
  • Affiliate is responsible for filing all required paperwork with the appropriate governing authority. Texas non-profit organizations are required to keep an updated Registered Agent on file with the Texas Secretary of State. Organizations recognized as tax-exempt under IRC § 501(c)(3) are required to file an annual information return with the IRS at the end of each fiscal year. Affiliates with a calendar fiscal year will likely qualify to file the Form 990-N (e-postcard) online, which is due by May 15th each year. To seek tax-exempt recognition in Texas, Affiliate must file a Form AP-204-2: Texas Application for Exemption – Federal and All Others with the Texas Comptroller’s office.
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  • The Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

    The Corporation may receive and administer funds for scientific, religious, educational, and charitable purposes, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and to that end, the Corporation is empowered to hold any property, or any undivided interest therein, without limitation as to amount or value; to dispose of any such property and to invest, reinvest, or deal with the principal or the income in such manner as, in the judgment of the directors, will best promote the purposes of the Corporation, without limitation, except such limitations, if any, as may be contained in the instrument under which such property is received, these Articles of Incorporation, the By-Laws of the Corporation, or any applicable laws, to do any other act or thing incidental to or connected with the foregoing purposes or in advancement thereof, but not for the pecuniary profit or financial gain of its directors or officers except as permitted under the Texas Business Organization Code.

    At all times the following shall operate as conditions restricting the operations and activities of the Corporation:

    No part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the Corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article III hereof.

    No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

    The Corporation shall not lend any of its assets to any officer or director of this Corporation or guarantee to any person the payment of a loan by an officer or director of this Corporation.

    Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the Corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now enacted or hereafter amended.

    Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, this Corporation shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of the purposes of this Corporation.

    Upon the dissolution of the Corporation or the winding up of its affairs, the assets of the Corporation shall be distributed by the Board of Directors, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all debts, obligations, liabilities, costs and expenses of the Corporation, as follows:

    Property held by the corporation on a condition requiring return, transfer, or conveyance because of the winding up or termination shall be returned, transferred, or conveyed in accordance with that requirement; and

    The remaining property shall be distributed only for tax exempt purposes exclusively for one or more charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and its Regulations, as they now exist or as they may be hereafter amended, or described by section 170(c)(1) or (2) of the Internal Revenue Code as provided in a plan of distribution adopted by the corporation under the Business Organizations Code, or to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.

    Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the Corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
 

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