Northern State University Athletics announced today that the Wolves Club, the fundraising organization behind Wolves Athletics, has set a new record for annual giving to NSU Athletics.
With over $2.1 million in contributions received during the 2015-16 fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, Wolves Club donors exceeded last year’s annual giving record by over $480,000, and the 2016 total is a $1 million increase since 2012.
The total dollars include gifts to the Wolves Club through annual named scholarships, unrestricted athletic support, special events, Wolves Club memberships (season tickets), marketing/sponsorships, sport championship fund gifts, and other initiatives. The Wolves Club generated an additional $135,000 of gift-in-kind trade (meals, lodging, and vehicles) that was used to help offset operating expenses.
“We are very fortunate to have the strongest donor and fan base in all of NCAA Division II,” said NSU Director of Athletics Josh Moon. Over 1800 donors and corporate partners contributed to the Wolves Club this past year. “Our fans, friends and alums have continued to step up to help raise the bar for Wolves Athletics. A huge thank you goes out to all of our loyal donors who have helped provide opportunities for our student-athletes to achieve academic and athletic excellence”
NSU reached new heights in the classroom and in competition in 2015-16:
NSU student-athletes completed the spring 2016 semester with the highest average GPA on record – 3.40.
Football won its first ever NSIC North Division Championship.
Volleyball finished with 25 wins, the most in school history, and were ranked as high as #2 in the AVCA poll, finishing the season at #14.
Five NSU head coaches have been named NSIC Coach of the Year the past three years (Brent Aldridge (2x), Dean Berry, Tom Dosch, Curt Fredrickson, and Kristi Villar).
NSU finished 7 place out of 16 institutions in the NSIC All-Sports Standings with 105.5 points, the most points since the expansion of the NSIC.
Women’s basketball won their third straight NSIC North Division Championship and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 3rd consecutive year.
10 All-Americans were crowned in Football, Volleyball, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Cross Country and Wrestling, the highest number of All-Americans in one year since 1995.
Football (31), Volleyball (12), Cross Country (12), and Softball (16) led the way in their respective sports on the NSIC All-Academic Team lists.
Volleyball, Baseball, Track & Field, Wrestling, Swimming, and Cross Country earned Academic Achievement Awards from their respective coaching association
Both Men’s and Women’s basketball led NCAA Division II in attendance for the 9th consecutive year.
NSU student-athletes volunteered over 2,325 hours to 20 non-profit organizations in Northeast South Dakota.
“The unprecedented success of our student-athletes in the classroom and competition over the past few years is directly related to our growth in support,” said Moon. “Every athletic scholarship provided to these student-athletes comes from the loyal support of the Wolves Club.”
Over 70 percent of NSU’s 390 varsity student-athletes received an athletic scholarship last year, and every athletic scholarship is privately fundraised through the Wolves Club.
NSU offered nearly $1.2 million in athletic scholarships in 2015-16, which put NSU below the average institutional athletic scholarship funding level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Wolves Club funding is also used for sport program operating support and enhancements.
“The cost to operate a successful athletic department and provide the scholarships necessary to compete in the toughest conference in NCAA Division II continues to rise,” said Moon. “The only way we will become more competitive is to increase support to Wolves Athletics. We have made large strides in some of our programs, but the reality is we simply need to provide more scholarship dollars in order to be more competitive across the board.”
If you would like to learn more about how you can make an impact in the lives of NSU student-athletes and the Wolves Club, call 605-626-3335 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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