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Battle of the States

battle of states - the ultimate giving challenge


Norfolk State College used to be a part of the Virginia State University system. NSC teams were known as "Little State" and "Baby Trojans" and even wore blue and orange like VSU's teams. The Norfolk Division (now NSU) achieved its independence in 1969. In Greek mythology, the Spartans were a warlike people who were enemies of the Trojans, leading NSU to adopt its current nickname. The teams met each other in the first game of the season every year from 1991-2009 in what became known as the Labor Day Classic.

What is the Battle of the States?

In 2017, NSU engaged in a fundraising battle against VSU to see which school could raise the most amount of money from their alumni. NSU was victorious by raising more than $300,000 during the course of the week.

This year’s battle will begin at noon on Monday, August 27 and end at halftime on Saturday, September 1. The school who has the most amount of donors and raises the most amount of money WINS! Give Now

Hear why this giving challenge is important to our students from NSU Interim President Dr. Melvin T. Stith Sr., Class of ’68.

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Where does my gift go?

Donors are encouraged to support the Spartan Legion Marching Band or Athletics General Scholarship; however, donors are welcome to designate their gift to any cause they feel most passionate about. *Please Note* —  Due to the timeframe, gifts made by mail must be received by 4:00 p.m. on August 31.

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