THE VAF TODAY
Our Mission: The Virginia Athletics Foundation, through its fundraising efforts, strives to support a preeminent intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Virginia by providing student-athletes the opportunity to achieve academic and athletic excellence.
Dear Cavalier Fans,
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Virginia Athletics Foundation. Our storied history is filled with countless memories for donors and fans and remarkable opportunities for thousands of student-athletes who have called the University of Virginia home for their education and athletics experiences. The success of Virginia Athletics is a reflection of the generous support of VAF donors like you. We are so grateful for your loyalty.
We hope you will consider renewing your VAF membership in 2018. It is through your generosity that Virginia Athletics is one of the nation’s best athletics and academic programs for our student-athletes. Thank you very much!
DIRK P. KATSTRA
The graphics below demonstrate the various areas of the athletics department that are supported by VAF donors.
All scholarships allowed by the NCAA are fully funded through a combination of donations to the Annual Fund and endowment distributions. Learn More
The vision for Athletics Academic Affairs is to develop and empower all UVA student-athletes to become independent lifelong learners and productive citizens by providing comprehensive and collaborative academic support services. Learn More
Annual operational support for each of the University’s 14 women’s and 13 men’s sports is provided through a combination of athletics department funds and donor contributions. This includes but is not limited to recruiting costs, team travel and equipment. Learn More
Working with sports supervisors and the athletics director, head coaches identify operational needs that arise outside of their annual budgets. These may include foreign tours training trips and specialized equipment. When these needs arise, Coaches 10 funds provide a way for donors to support these specific initiatives. Learn More
An endowment gift is one of the most powerful gifts a donor can make to Virginia Athletics. Scholarship Endowments support the 316.6 athletic scholarships allowed by the NCAA and Operational Endowments serve as an ongoing source of financial support for a designated team. Learn More
The needs of individual sports are prioritized through coaches’ discussions with athletics administrators. Once an identified facility project has gone through the University’s approval process, the athletics department depends on the Virginia Athletics Foundation to raise the funds to finance the project and provide an endowment to support its operation and ongoing maintenance. Current projects include the Football Operations Center, Softball Facility Expansion, Davenport Field Renovation, UVA Golf Course, UVA Golf Facility at Birdwood Golf Course and the UVA Tennis Complex at Boar’s Head Sports Club.
Today there are 700 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 student-athlete academic experience and a portion of the athletics operational budget, that includes recruiting costs, team travel and equipment. Thank you!
Additionally, the Foundation spearheads all fundraising campaigns for the renovation of existing athletics facilities and the construction of new facilities.