Our Mission:  The Virginia Athletics Foundation (VAF), 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.



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


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. Learn More

Cavalier Academic Achievement Fund

The fund was established in 2022 following the U.S. Supreme Court’s NCAA v. Alston decision, which allows all institutions the opportunity to award student-athletes up to $5,980 annually each for academic achievements, requiring an annual investment of $1.9 million. Learn More

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!