Each year more than 8,700 individuals make the commitment to be members of the Virginia Athletics Foundation. The financial investment of VAF members helps position our teams to successfully compete both at the national and conference levels.
The VAF Today
Today there are 750 student-athletes in 27 intercollegiate programs at the University of Virginia. Our generous donors help to fully fund all 316.6 scholarships allowed by the NCAA, the Athletics Academic Affairs program, summer school for student-athletes and a portion of the athletics operational budget, that includes recruiting costs, team travel and equipment.
The Virginia Athletics Foundation (VAF) was originally chartered as the Virginia Student Aid Foundation in December 1948 to help take the University of Virginia’s athletics programs to new levels. Discussions centered on the advantages of offering grant in aids to help attract the best student-athletes to the University.
The Department of Athletics plays an important role in the University’s commitment to academic excellence. Student-athletes are expected to perform at a high level in academics as well as athletics, and are actively involved in giving back to the greater community, providing hundreds of hours of volunteer service annually.
The Virginia Athletics Foundation staff is eager to assist our members and are grateful for their loyalty and generosity in support of Virginia Athletics and its 27 sports programs. The responsibilities of each member of our team vary greatly as we work to accomplish our mission of providing UVA student-athletes the opportunity to achieve academic and athletic excellence.
Board of Trustees
The VAF Board of Trustees includes 23 individuals who play a vitally important role in the financial support of Virginia Athletics and the long-term planning, oversight and direction of VAF, as well as, setting policy and guidelines for the donor base.
The University of Virginia Athletics Compliance Office insures that the intercollegiate athletics program is operated within the rules and regulations of the University of Virginia, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Compliance with these rules and regulations is the responsibility of everyone associated with the University of Virginia.