New Website LostLettermen.com Reconnects Former College Athletes

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A wiki database with over 175,000 football and men's basketball letterwinners at its inception, LostLettermen.com reconnects ex-college athletes with their former teammates, schools and fans.

I quickly saw an untapped need in the market after constantly hearing former athletes complain about their school's poorly operated clubs for letterwinners

Did you know Ed O'Bannon is selling cars, Bryce Drew is back at his dad's side on the Valpo bench and Bobby Hurley currently runs his own horse racing stable?

Jim Weber is finally giving sports fans what they want - a direct connection to their favorite college athletes.

Information on former players has always been scattered and limited. Until now.

Weber's web site, LostLettermen.com, allows fans to learn about and discuss college sports history for free. It provides the first comprehensive list of all football and men's basketball varsity lettermen - including all-time college rosters - as well as original content to drive traffic to the site.

Weber understands sports enthusiasts because he is one. In fact, he is so passionate about college athletics that he has dedicated his life to it.

Weber, 27, graduated in 2004 from the University of Michigan and has since gained invaluable experience by working with sports powerhouses CBS College Sports, NBCSports.com, and ESPN The Magazine. Now he can add entrepreneur to his resume after he and a team of ten other college sports fanatics spent six months preparing for the site's launch.

"I quickly saw an untapped need in the market after constantly hearing former athletes complain about their school's poorly operated clubs for letterwinners," he said. "There is no single place where all college letterwinners are listed. This will be an invaluable resource to athletes, fans, and schools."

The web site will house all relevant information about athletes, such as stats, honors and accomplishments, their post-college careers and the answer to the inevitable question, "Where are they now?"

Weber says the site will be the "IMBD of varsity letterwinners with a wiki twist," referring to the popular Internet Movie Database and Wikipedia websites.

Lost Lettermen will be an open content project written and edited by users. Sports enthusiasts are innately passionate about their favorite sports and players, and "now they have a place to express themselves and share their favorite stories, memories, and general knowledge," says Weber.

Additional features allow users to further connect with each other and athletes. Users will be able to send messages to their favorite college players and debate the history of college sports through message boards. Birthday announcements, trivia, and interviews with prominent former athletes will also keep the audience checking the site daily.

Lost Lettermen is also a vehicle through which athletes can connect with former teammates, schools and fans through an internal and private directory of e-mail addresses submitted by the players themselves. As Weber points out, "College teammates form unique friendships and lasting memories. However, it is often difficult for them to remain connected after their playing days. The site will help them relive the glory days."

Universities can use the web site to find their former players as well. Lost Lettermen allows colleges to easily track down their alumni to organize reunions, recruiting events, and fundraising activities.

Lost Lettermen will be live on March 16, the day after Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament. The site will have a staggered launch, with the football database up and running April 7th, the day after the NCAA title game and just in time for spring football. The launch will include the six BCS conferences, with more conferences, divisions, and sports to be added soon. Lost Lettermen has a database of over 175,000 letter winners with more being added every day.

Weber anticipates, "Lost Lettermen will be THE site where fans can stoke their passion for college athletics on a daily basis."

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