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Embracing Excellence

We all know the excitement—the pride—that comes with a big win. The community created when students, parents, and alumni unite behind passionate student-athletes and coaches.

We recognize the integral role athletics plays in Georgetown’s mission to promote formation and excellence in all things. Now we invite you to learn about the vision for our competitive edge and culture of care—and how to support these strategic priorities.

Confronting new challenges—with a century of experience

In 2020, Georgetown Athletics will commemorate 150 years of intercollegiate athletic competition and the many ways it strengthens our university. We not only celebrate that tradition; we strive to build on it, becoming the premier BIG EAST and non-FBS program in the country.

On that journey, we’ll have a distinct advantage: our belief that competitive success is possible only when we care for our student-athletes across all aspects of their lives. Combine that commitment with investments in coaching, talent, and facilities, and Georgetown will help define modern athletics excellence.

Athletics Director Lee Reed talking

‘I’ve never been more excited about the future of Georgetown Athletics’

Hear Athletics Director Lee Reed discuss the integral role athletics plays in Georgetown’s mission to promote formation and excellence in all things, and the vision for strengthening our competitive edge and culture of care.

1 in 10 Georgetown undergraduates is a varsity athlete
700+ student-athletes
96% graduation rate among Georgetown student-athletes
29 Division I teams Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Rowing, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Embracing Excellence

Georgetown Athletics believes that competitive success is possible only when we care for our student-athletes across all aspects of their lives. Read about the vision for combining that commitment with crucial investments in coaching, talent, and facilities.

  • Competitive success

    We will invest in the people who make winning possible.

    With 80+ accomplished coaches and 700+ student-athletes, Georgetown is home to an astounding amount of athletic talent. Support for student-athlete scholarships and endowed coaching chairs enables Georgetown to recruit and retain the talented and motivated people who compose our 29 intercollegiate varsity programs.

    STUDENT-ATHLETE SCHOLARSHIPS

    Athletics scholarships are essential in recruiting the best and brightest student-athletes to the Hilltop, where they can develop their talent, character, and leadership abilities—lessons that transcend any sport and last a lifetime.

    Increasing the number of scholarships we can offer—and permanently endowing a greater share of the athletics scholarship budget—will play a critical role in the strength of our athletics program.

     

     

    COACHING EXCELLENCE

    To attract the best talent, we must pay coaches competitively, provide stability, and demonstrate long-term investment. Endowing coaching positions shows our commitment to attracting and retaining coaches who will carry on our culture of excellence.

    Professional development is similarly crucial. Offering our coaches and staff ongoing training ensures they understand the Georgetown context; connects them with peers; and sets them up to be effective leaders, educators, and mentors.

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at athletics@georgetown.edu.

  • Academic excellence

    We will ensure our scholar-athletes meet their potential.

    Deeply motivated to succeed in all that they do, Georgetown’s student-athletes earn an average GPA of 3.24. This requires extraordinary commitment: these students need grit, discipline, courage—and support.

    Expanding the university’s network of academic support will position student-athletes to pursue their academic passions and engage fully in the opportunities of a formative college education.

    ACADEMIC ADVISORS

    Adding advisors will allow us to move from broad progress monitoring to more individualized support addressing time-management, tutoring needs, and the balance between coursework and athletic activities.

     

     

    STUDENT-CENTRIC PROGRAMMING

    The demands of a student-athlete’s schedule can complicate their participation in main campus tutorial programs. A dedicated athletics tutorial program and an expanded team of graduate assistants would provide much-needed group and individual resources.

    168 HOURS: A STUDENT-ATHLETE WEEK

    168 hrs in a week; medians collected from the 2015 NCAA GOALS study

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at athletics@georgetown.edu.

  • Healthy mind, body, and spirit

    We will support a culture of care that reflects our most sacred values.

    The very ambition that drives student-athletes’ achievement also exposes them to significant vulnerabilities. Inspired by the 2015 NCAA initiative “Mind, Body, Sport”—a blueprint for addressing student-athlete needs—and our own Catholic and Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, we embrace the opportunity to care holistically for our student-athletes.

    MENTL HEALTH AND WELLNESS

    In 2017, Georgetown Athletics hired its first-ever clinical psychologist dedicated to and trained specifically in the needs of collegiate student-athletes, putting us at the forefront of student-athlete health and wellness in the BIG EAST Conference. Now we must secure this important program’s future and increase its reach.

    NUTRITION AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES

    Nutrition programs affect more than athletic performance and involve more than just re-fueling. A truly comprehensive approach includes a full-time dietician steeped in college athletics, individualized nutrition plans, and a dedicated space to ensure that student-athletes are meeting their nutritional needs for performance and competition, recovery and repair, and emotional and brain health.

    SPORTS PERFORMANCE

    The physical demands of modern athletic competition require sport- and athlete-specific training, recovery, and technology for optimal fitness and muscular health. That means deploying wearable technology, offering individualized programming, and—most crucially—expanding our team of sports performance coaches.

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at athletics@georgetown.edu.

  • We will create facilities that match our ambitions.

    Competition venues and training facilities are critical elements of our student-athletes’ daily experience—and directly tied to their competitive success. Investing in facilities both on and off the Hilltop will enable us to attract the most promising scholar-athletes and coaches. On our space-constrained campus, our needs are many. But several priorities stand out:

    • Preserving and enhancing McDonough Arena, which houses the competition spaces, locker rooms, and coaching offices for most of our athletics department.
    • Upgrading Shirley Povich Field, home to our baseball team—improvements which would not only strengthen infrastructure but also reduce our student-athletes’ missed class time, by adding the turf needed to host more home games early in the baseball season.
    • Elevating other spaces used by Georgetown’s varsity programs, including our softball, golf, swimming and diving, soccer, and rowing teams.

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at athletics@georgetown.edu.

  • The first thing every Hoya fan should do

    Support the lifeblood of intercollegiate athletics

    The Annual Fund for Georgetown Athletics is the bedrock of varsity athletics on the Hilltop. By contributing to the Annual Fund, Georgetown alumni, parents, fans, and friends help provide essential resources for 29 Division I varsity programs and 700+ student-athletes, including coaching, travel, equipment, and scholarships.

    Growing the Annual Fund for Georgetown Athletics is critical to the future growth and success of Georgetown Athletics.

A Testimonial

softball team huddling

“Intercollegiate athletics provides our young people with a framework to develop their full promise and potential.

We’re also trying to compete against some of the best programs in the country.

That balance between competition and formation—ensuring that activity of competition is supporting that work of formation—that’s Georgetown.”

— John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University

Thank you for your support.

Georgetown alumni, parents, fans, and friends are crucial champions of our work to achieve competitive excellence and build a culture of care.

To learn more about or contribute to these priorities, please contact us at athletics@georgetown.edu.