Grow and Sustain Championship-Caliber Performance

Program Support

Set the Foundation for SuccessProgram Support

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In the past five years, 11 different Gopher programs have won conference titles.

While support throughout the department for excellence in all sports sets the foundation for that success, winning (and continuing to win) at this level is only possible due to investors supporting these teams with program-specific contributions. These investments allow 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 performance.


"To remain competitive, in the Big Ten and nationally, we depend on people contributing to our program's enhancement fund. I imagine that's true of every Gopher program. It's these contributions - regardless of size - that help us to do more for our student-athletes. We can provide them with more opportunities and more resources to succeed when people choose to make a program-specific investment. Whether it's an investment in wrestling or any other Gopher sport, your generosity makes a huge difference in the lives of Gopher student-athletes."

Brandon Eggum, Head Wrestling Coach

Team Enhancement Funds

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 performances. Winning (and continuing to win) in the Big Ten and the NCAA is only possible due to investors supporting our teams with these team-specific gifts.


THE ELITE FUND

The Elite Fund has helped the Gopher Football program reach new heights. Whether it’s guest speakers and team outings or suits for every football player and recruiting trips, each of these items has helped us create our Elite culture. The Elite Fund is our annual resource to directly invest in our football student-athletes. The culture and hard work are starting to pay dividends but we could not do this without you. Your investment is one of the main reasons we will achieve new heights to showcase the University of Minnesota and Gopher Football. The Elite Fund has helped fund:

  • Student-Athlete Development events such as the Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, leadership meetings with speakers like Rachel Baribeau and Ryan Leaf to weekly visits to the Masonic Children’s Hospital.
  • Head and assistant coach recruiting travel
  • Team building events such as attending a concert, waterpark or professional sporting event

THE CHAMPIONS FUND

The Champions Fund is the annual resource to directly invest into our women’s basketball student-athletes. Your investment is the reason we will achieve new heights to showcase the University of Minnesota and the Women’s Basketball team. Whether it is resources for enhancing our relationships with top recruits or team outings and new equipment these items help build the Gopher Basketball program. The Champions Fund has helped fund:

  • Community event involvement
  • Technology and equipment upgrades including the Noah Shooting System measures shots from anywhere on the practice facility court while storing data for later review and gives instant, verbal feedback for shot arc, depth, and left right, allowing players to correct their shot in real-time.
  • Team building events such as attending the Minnesota State Fair, enjoying a Thanksgiving meal together and learning life skills such as a Finances 101 seminar

FRIENDS OF THE BARN

Friends of the Barn is the annual resource to directly invest into our men’s basketball student-athletes. From guest speakers and team outings to new equipment and recruiting trips, each of these items help build the Gopher Basketball program. Friends of the Barn has helped fund:

  • Community event involvement
  • Technology and equipment upgrades including a camera and video analysis system that makes post-practice film breakdown more efficient.
  • Athletic performance items such as vibrating foam rollers for enhanced postgame recovery and muscle stimulation pregame and new weight equipment.
  • Team trip to Italy, touring the country and playing three games.