WILDCAT FUND

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Unrestricted Annual Fund for Northwestern Athletics

Profoundly enhance the lives of Wildcats student-athletes and sustain the highest standard of excellence by providing the essential and evolving resources needed to win championships at the highest level of collegiate athletics

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Academics

  • Consists of 5 academic advisors and 1 learning strategist/study skills coordinator
  • Provide access to about 60 tutors specializing in a wide variety of subject areas
  • 45% of our student-athletes met with at least one tutor during the 22-23 academic year
  • Advising staff meets weekly with all first-year students to assist in college readiness and acclimation
  • Spring 2023 was our best academic performance on record, with an athletic department GPA of 3.484

Sports Psychology

  • 4 sport psychologists, 1 psychiatrist, 1 mental performance consultant, 1 postdoctoral fellow, and 1 program assistant
  • All 19 varsity teams work with a sport psychologist
  • 50% of our student-athletes access individual sport psychology services each year
  • Staff train student-athletes and staff annually in mental health and suicide prevention

Nutrition

  • 3 full-time sports dietitians and 1 Nutrition Operations Coordinator, 3 part-time dietitians, and 1 performance dietitian position within Levy
  • Conduct 600 formal nutrition assessments and 175 dietary supplement reviews each year
  • Create a monthly educational newsletter for our student-athletes
  • In collaboration with Levy, performance nutrition conducts monthly cooking classes and demonstrations for our student-athletes

Sports Performance

  • 7 Olympic Sports Performance Coaches including an Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance and a Director for Olympic Sports Performance
  • In 2022-23, 612 student-athletes were trained by our staff
  • Olympic Sports Performance staff uses technology to enhance and monitor the training and recovery for each Northwestern Student-Athlete. Some pieces of technology include: Force Plates, GPS units, Heart Rate units, Velocity Based Training devices, Athlete management systems
  • Olympic Sports Performance staff have been a part of multiple National and Big Ten Championships. They have also been instrumental in the development of multiple athletes who have gone on to compete professionally in the NBA, WNBA, MLB, NFL, and MLS among others

Wildcat Fund Calendar


  1. SEP. 1

    Beginning of Fiscal Year

  2. DEC. 31

    End of Calendar Year

  3. SPRING

    Men's Basketball Renewals

  4. APR. 6

    National Student-Athlete Day

  5. AUG. 31

    End of Fiscal Year

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Please contact Steven LaPlante at 847-467-3037
or steven.laplante@northwestern.edu
for more information.

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