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Campaign Priorities

We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern seeks to build on our momentum.

As we look to the future, we seek to maintain excellence both on the athletic field and in the classroom, and to build our capacity to develop student-athletes into better individuals, more successful professionals, and future leaders in their communities. In order to achieve these goals, the University must continue providing student-athletes with the resources they need, while also ensuring that everyone at Northwestern has opportunities to improve health, gather as a community, and cheer on their ’Cats.

To compete at the highest level requires major investments — focusing support so that each of our varsity sports is as competitive as possible; providing scholarships and support services to student-athletes; improving our athletic facilities; and increasing funding to all sports and programs. As a result of this Campaign, the future of Northwestern Athletics and generations of student-athletes will know no limits.

“A strong athletics program brings visibility to Northwestern’s overall excellence and inspires a groundswell of pride in our institution in ways that few other pursuits can. As we build on our successes of the last several years, we will work hard to secure the foundation on which the future of Northwestern Athletics will be built, and we do so with the knowledge that a better destination lies ahead.”
Jim Phillips, Combe Family Vice President for Athletics and Recreation

Lakefront Athletics Facilities

Ryan Fieldhouse, Wilson Field, and the Walter Athletics Center will be located on the north end of Northwestern’s Evanston campus, close to many residence halls and academic buildings, thereby fully integrating student-athletes with the University community. With spectacular views of Lake Michigan, these new facilities will include more than 500,000-square feet of new or renovated athletics and recreation space that will serve not only intercollegiate sports and recreational activities, but also provide space for major University-wide events. Learn More

Wildcat Fund

The Wildcat Fund is committed to providing the necessary resources to allow Northwestern’s nearly 500 student-athletes to pursue excellence in the classroom, in competition and in the community. Donors have the opportunity to support NU Athletics through contributions to the Wildcat Excellence Fund (unrestricted), 19 varsity sport programs and the Vice President’s Fund. Learn more

Endowed Coaching and Administrative Positions

The competition for top coaching talent is fierce. Coaching endowments ensure Northwestern’s ability to attract and retain those men and women who will develop our student-athletes and athletic programs to their fullest potential. Endowments provide stable funding to build programs over the long term. Endowed positions signal the strong value we place on the highest caliber experience for our student-athletes and are an important way to recognize and honor our best coaches and staff.

Scholarship Endowments

Endowed athletics scholarships are a way for Northwestern Athletics to ensure long-term success of the department by making sure there will be sufficient financial aid to support our student-athletes long into the future. Learn More

Rocky and Berenice Miller Park

Wildcats baseball represents a nearly 150-year tradition, serving as a launching pad for Major League players as well as leaders in business, philanthropy, and other pursuits. Thanks to a landmark commitment and the support of several leadership donors, Northwestern Baseball is entering an exciting new era with a $15 million, state-of-the-art baseball facility. Learn more

Welsh-Ryan Arena and Trienens Performance Center

The new Welsh-Ryan Arena will provide a state-of-the-art home for our men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and wrestling programs with enhancements throughout the arena benefitting fans and student-athletes. In addition, the renovation of Trienens Performance Center, adjacent to Welsh-Ryan Arena, will create a world-class training facility for these programs. Learn more