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Generations of doctors, lawyers, moms, entrepreneurs, professional athletes, consultants, engineers, musicians, and journalists have discovered their passions at Northwestern and gone on to make our world a better place.

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The purpose of Champions for Wildcat Women is to:

  • Increase fundraising support for our women's varsity programs
  • Empower our female student-athletes
  • Celebrate the incredible advocates of women's athletics within the Northwestern family

By investing in our women's varsity programs, you will allow our female student-athletes to rise to even greater heights.

Make your gift today and declare that you are a Champion for Wildcat Women.


Anyone who makes a gift of $100+ to a women's sport enhancement fund or the Champions for Wildcat Women Fund will become a member.

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Northwestern Athletics is proud to support Champions for Wildcat Women Fund and want to recognize the lead gift generously provided by Trustee and former tennis student-athlete, Wendy Nelson '91, '99 MBA. This fund further advances the mission of Champions for Wildcat Women and all gifts will support the evolving needs of Northwestern's 11 women's varsity programs.

Every Gift Matters

Your gift to support any women's varsity sport program makes a significant impact:

As of 2022, private contributions to men's varsity programs substantially exceed those for women's programs

Each sport has a finite annual budget; however, there is no limit on fundraised dollars

Coaches rely on donor support to strive for competitive excellence at the highest level

Through this initiative, we will increase the fundraising for women's varsity sports programs, and thereby continue to expand participation of young girls in youth sports and their dreams of how far they can go, while simultaneously providing Wildcat women with the opportunity to compete and grow as athletes and future leaders. This program is truly a celebration of the past, present and future advocates of women's athletics within the Northwestern family.

Wendy Nelson playing tennis
Christen Conley playing field hockey

The Wildcat Fund has impacted my Northwestern experience in ways that I never would've imagined. It has contributed to my development as more than just a student-athlete. I've grown tremendously through programs like NU for Life and the King NU PRIDE Program, as well as summer school opportunities on campus and abroad, made possible by funding through the athletics department. The strength of support coming from all contributors to the Wildcat Fund has helped me in numerous ways, and I know that I will leave Northwestern with a unique and valuable experience that will propel me through my future endeavors.

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