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Northwestern Announces New Initiatives to Support the ‘Cats

April 30, 2019
New priorities include mental health and performance resources, funding for facility enhancements, and unrestricted support for key areas.

Northwestern Athletics today announced new giving opportunities for Wildcats supporters. With the “We Will” Campaign entering its final phase, these new Support the ‘Cats initiatives focus on emerging priorities for the department.

“These funding priorities represent the areas of greatest impact and greatest need for our student-athletes,” said Jim Phillips, Combe Family Vice President for Athletics and Recreation. “Support of these initiatives is critical to our ability to deliver a world-class experience to our young men and women, and future generations of Wildcats.”

The new initiatives feature three main funding opportunities: the Better Destination Fund, the Facility Enhancement Fund, and the Wildcat Excellence Fund.

The Better Destination Fund is an endowed fund that will advance important strategic initiatives within Northwestern Athletics by allowing the department to respond deftly to new opportunities and challenges as they arise and providing broad and flexible support for the areas of greatest need. The two key areas of current focus are additional mental health and performance resources, as well as funding to enhance recruiting efforts across our 19 varsity programs.

The Facilities Enhancement Fund will create opportunities to enhance a number of facilities that have a direct impact on Northwestern’s recruiting, developmental and competitive success. These dollars will ensure NU is able to keep existing facilities ahead of the curve in terms of technology, equipment, and branding. Top priorities include the Combe Tennis Center, Norris Aquatics Center, and Ken Kraft Wrestling Room.

The Wildcat Excellence Fund continues to provide resources that sustain the foundation of Northwestern Athletics. Contributions to the Wildcat Excellence Fund directly impact the student-athlete experience through five core areas: academic services, summer school, performance nutrition, sports medicine, and sports performance. As daily operating costs continue to rise, it is critically important to increase the annual support base.

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