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Athletics Support

Supporters of Norfolk State University Spartan Athletics are alumni, parents, friends, and advocates of Spartan Athletics programs who recognize the value of the intercollegiate athletics experience and enthusiastically participate in the promotion, support and success of NSU student-athletes.  Each of NSU’s 12 NCAA Division I athletic teams have different needs but all of NSU’s coaches agree that recruiting, travel, equipment, and team meals are critical components to the success of their programs. Your financial commitment supplements these costs.

When NSU Spartan Athletic Teams compete throughout the region and across the country, their presence provides a platform to deliver and grow awareness of the great things happening on the Norfolk State University campus.  NSU’s success on the field or court of competition is a unique marketing medium, connecting our communities, prospective students, alumni, employers, and potential donors with the University. Support can be given through:

  •  NSU Spartan Club — the general support fund for NSU Athletics.Gifts to the Spartan Club gives the leadership of NSU’s Athletic Department the resources and flexibility needed to address the areas of greatest need within the NSU Athletic Department.

Sport-Specific Operational Funds — Every year, Norfolk State University’s student-athletes and coaches are presented with extraordinary opportunities from the invitation to play in a prestigious basketball tournament to the potential to play in a NCAA championship event to the potential to recruit a special student-athlete to campus.  These activities are all supported by your gifts to Spartan Athletics. Help support the equipment, travel, and recruiting needs of our NSU Spartans.

Athletic Scholarships — These scholarships are offered by the head coaches of Norfolk State University’s collegiate teams and are awarded on the basis of athletic ability and academic eligibility.  These scholarships ensure that NSU athletes are able to challenge their counterparts at other institutions at the highest levels of intercollegiate athletics competition.

  • A gift of $10,000 per year for four years can create a temporary named, partial sport-specific scholarship at Norfolk State University--and will provide a significant source of funding to an outstanding student-athlete for her/his entire course of study and competition at NSU.
  • Gifts of $1,000 or more can be designated to NSU’s general athletic scholarship fund, and will collectively be used annually to ensure that Norfolk State University can recruit outstanding student-athletes nationally.  Additionally, these funds provide the resources that NSU student-athletes need to maintain progress toward on-time graduation by providing access to summer academic opportunities, and that the University is able to provide funding to student-athletes needing a fifth year to complete their degree requirements.

Endowed Coaching Positions — The endowment of a Head Coach or Assistant Coach position at NSU represents a landmark commitment, ensuring that the most visible and important positions in NSU’s Athletic Department are held by accomplished and talented coaches and mentors.

  • Endowed Head Coaching positions require a minimum gift commitment of $2.5 million (depending upon the sport), while endowed Assistant Coaching positions require a minimum gift commitment of $1 million.

Graduate Assistantships — Graduate assistantships are the gateway to a career in athletics, and are generally the first professional experience a young coach will get.  These assistantships—many of which go to former NSU student-athletes—are a key component of NSU Athletics being able to “grown their own” future leaders and mentors.

  • A gift of $250,000 can permanently endow a full sport-specific graduate assistantship at Norfolk State University, while a $10,000 per year can create a temporary named, partial sport-specific graduate assistantship at Norfolk State University--and will provide a significant source of funding to help an outstanding future coach get the kind of experience necessary to launch a successful career.

Athletics Facilities — Norfolk State University is fortunate to have a number of the finest athletic competition and training facilities in the region.  However, compared to many of the schools NSU competes against on the field or in the recruiting arena, our facilities pale in comparison.  Upgrading and expanding Spartan athletic facilities are crucial to NSU’s ability to succeed at the highest levels of NCAA competition.