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In 1971, University of Minnesota Board of Regents officially recognized Gopher Women’s Athletics with a program budget of $5,000. The department has matured over the years as one that required women athletes to provide their own equipment and meals to one of the best programs in the nation. Fifty years later, Gopher Athletics includes 12 women’s teams that hold national titles, conference championships and individual national championships. As we celebrate this significant milestone we ask that you consider supporting the next fifty years of Gopher Women’s Athletics excellence.
"Competing in my home state is a dream come true. The support that I’ve gotten from my family and fans, showing up to every home meet is truly a blessing and I couldn’t be more thankful,” Hooten said. “I love seeing familiar faces during the meets, and getting to know the little girls who want to one day compete for the Gophers in their home state just like I did. It is truly the best feeling to compete for a university that I once rooted for growing up. There is no place I’d rather be than home, and I am so grateful to be a Gopher."
"I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to represent the Gophers every time I put on my jersey,” said Overberg. “The culture and atmosphere the university and athletic program have built make every game day at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium memorable, filled with passion for our sport of soccer as well as for women athletics."
Annually, Gopher Athletics raises $13 million to support the 324.4 scholarships offered to Gopher student-athletes each year. Personal investment in scholarships is instrumental in ensuring the Gopher Athletics ability to cover the ever increasing cost of tuition and fees so that student-athletes can focus on excelling academically, athletically and socially. Support through the Gopher Women’s Athletics Scholarship Fund will assist with scholarships costs of the 12 women’s sports programs.
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Endowments are a lasting legacy of support for Gopher student-athletes. The initial investment is preserved as principal and the interest produced by this investment is used to support Gopher student- athlete scholarship costs, notably tuition assistance, textbooks, and room and board. Endowed scholarships are long-term investments in the University of Minnesota and our student-athletes. They provide essential financial support for students year after year, generation after Generation.Learn More
Supporting a specific team is possible as every team in Gopher Athletics has an enhancement fund. Investment in a team’s enhancement fund allows coaches to go beyond their team’s most basic needs and put funds toward helping their student-athletes and programs grow and sustain championship-caliber performancesGive Now
Established in 1976, the Patty Berg Fund for Women’s Sports was established to honor one of golf’s greatest players and co-founding member of the LPGA. The Fund was established to provide educational and athletic opportunities to female athletes at the University of Minnesota. The funds go toward academic, athletic and professional development and or unique experiences that the department would not otherwise fund.Give Now
The new performance center will be built in the Athletes Village footprint, which will allow for student-athletes to study, train, eat and recover all in one location. The facility will be constructed on the south side of the department's indoor football field where two sand volleyball courts are currently located.
Construction on the $15.5 million project is scheduled to start in March 2024 and be completed by January 2025. The Gophers will continue to use Maturi Pavilion for home meets during the competition season. "A state-of-the-art practice facility has been a goal of our program for the past 20 years and to see it come to fruition is truly an amazing milestone," said Head Coach Jenny Hansen. "We are so thankful to Mark Coyle and the leadership team here at Minnesota for the investment in our program, as well as the Board of Regents for approving the facility. This new facility is absolutely key for the progress of our program and the development of our student-athletes. I could not be more excited about the positive value it will add to our program."
"This is an exciting day for our gymnastics program," said Director of Athletics Mark Coyle. "It will be ideal for our student-athletes to have everything they need – academics, athletics, nutrition and athletic medicine – all in one spot at the world-class Athletes Village. I know Coach Hansen and her staff are excited to share this news with the team and with recruits and we look forward to supporting them during the process
3M Arena at Mariucci and Ridder Arena represent two of the most important athletic facilities in the State of Minnesota. We are the State of Hockey and we have the greatest fans in all of college hockey. We are embarking on a final renovation project which will enhance two very important areas.
First, with 3M Arena at Mariucci, we will provide our men’s hockey fans with an upgraded game day experience with new modern concessions, loge and premium seating and social gathering spaces in the end zones.
Second, we will provide our women’ hockey student-athletes with an upgraded team room and athletic sports medicine room along with enhancements to the Ridder Arena club room, lighting and press area.
Now is the perfect time to renovate 3M Arena at Mariucci for our fans and Ridder Arena for our student-athletes. We must make these upgrades to take care of our fans and provide them with a world class game day experience – from seating, concessions and the ability to watch the game.
W.I.L.L. began as a partnership between University of Minnesota Athletics and Schwan’s Company in 2014 with 25 female student athletes from Soccer. The program has grown each year and now supports the personal development of approximately 300 female student-athletes representing all twelve women's programs (Soccer, Gymnastics, Hockey, Golf, Tennis, Cross Country, Track & Field, Rowing, Volleyball, Softball, Basketball and Swimming & Diving).
Empower student-athletes by aligning leadership-based skills training with mentor engagement to promote leadership awareness, aptitude, and development.
Foster a community of women invested in the personal and professional achievement of the next generation of leaders.
Thanks to University of Minnesota supporters, Barb and George Hagemann, women student athletes have an opportunity to shop for career clothing during their time in Gopher Athletics. Originally focused on the Women’s Basketball Team, the Hagemann initiated Suited for Success program has expanded to include all Gopher Women’s Athletics teams. Each academic year, up to $250 will be provided to women that have stepped up as leaders within Gopher Athletics. The women enjoy a coordinated shopping outing together including a personal shopper that assists with identifying clothing suitable for job interviews and professional situations. Award recipients are identified by Student-Athlete Development and Lindahl Academic Center staff as meeting at least two of the following criteria:
Based on current funding 20 women will be selected for the program in Fall 2023. The goal is to eventually provide the opportunity to all Gopher Women Student Athletes.
"Thanks to our donors, I was able to craft a professional look that not only reflected my personality and style, but I didn't have to worry about the price tag. I couldn't have asked for a better experience and thanks to the suited for success program I can feel like my best self in a business setting!"
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"Representing the USA in the Olympics and on the international stage has been a surreal experience,” said Murphy. “There’s never a dull moment wearing the Red, White and Blue and I am extremely grateful for every opportunity to play for my country. I’m excited to carry over what I’ve learned on the international stage to the Gophers. Whether it’s on the ice or off it, I want to be the best person and teammate that I can be for our group."