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,

After a challenging year in 2020, we are excited for what the future holds! We are deeply grateful for the support of our loyal donors, friends, and fans. You have made a remarkable impact on our student-athletes and our ability to provide a world-class experience here at UVA.

Inspired by your generosity and with a drive to accomplish the challenges that lie ahead, we remain steadfast in our priorities this year. We are committed to fully funding all scholarships, sport-specific operational budgets, and academic support. In addition, we are focused on funding the Master Plan project and motivated by the impact its completion will have on all our sports programs.

The athletics department continues to deal with a significant impact to traditional revenue streams combined with increased health and safety expenses. Lost revenue from ticket sales due to limited venue capacities and the unique challenge of funding extra scholarship costs due to the additional student-athlete eligibility granted by the NCAA further highlight the importance of donor contributions.

We ask for your support again this year to help us fund these important projects and scholarship costs. We are grateful for your overwhelming generosity that helps provide our student-athletes with an unforgettable academic and athletic experience.

Go Hoos!

DIRK P. KATSTRA
Executive Director

The graphics below demonstrate the various areas of the athletics department that are supported by VAF donors.

DONOR SUPPORT

Scholarships

All scholarships allowed by the NCAA are fully funded through a combination of donations to the Annual Fund and endowment distributions.  Learn More

Academic Affairs

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

Friends Of

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

Sport Enhancement Funds

Beginning in 2021, the Coaches 10 fundraising efforts will be renamed to Sport Enhancement Funds to provide a more descriptive name for the use of the funds. The Sport Enhancement Funds will continue to provide funding for needs identified by the head coach with approval from his/her sport administrator and athletics administration.  Learn More

Endowment

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

Facilities

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.

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 student-athlete academic experience and a portion of the athletics operational budget, that includes recruiting costs, team travel and equipment. Thank you!