The Minutemen Club has been an invaluable resource for the UMass Athletic Department since it was established in 1991. Originally started as the UMass Athletic Fund, the Minutemen Club has broadened its purpose to include programmatic support for student-athletes. Annual gifts support all 21 varsity sports and more than 750 student-athletes.
In addition to directing the Minutemen Club, the Athletic Development office also assists and coordinates fundraising efforts with our sport specific booster groups. These 16 booster programs allow funding to go towards travel, program enhancements and special projects that directly impact each sport program at an individual level. Each group has separate membership fees and benefit packages. As a donor to any of our sport-specific programs, your gift(s) will automatically qualify you as a member of the Minutemen Club. Please see Sports for more information on each of the 16 sport specific booster programs.
“It is a given that we all aspire to compete and win at the highest level. However to sustain success over time, we need support from donors such as yourselves to make that a reality. Whatever assistance you can give is always used to making this experience for the student-athlete one they will always remember.”Coach Carla Tagliente, Field Hockey
In the increasingly competitive world of intercollegiate sports, state-of-the-art facilities are necessary for student-athletes to keep their competitive edge. Facilities also play a major role in drawing new talent to a program. Recruiting is significantly more successful when coaches can offer prospective student-athletes first-rate facilities that feature the latest innovations in technology and safety. Please see capital campaigns for more information on our Campaign for UMass Athletics.
A program endowment is an endowed fund established to meet a specific programmatic need of a varsity sport in perpetuity. Program endowments produce a permanent stream of income for a defined purpose of your designation.
A scholarship endowment is an endowed fund established to assist with the scholarship need of a varsity sport in perpetuity. Scholarship endowments produce a permanent stream of income for scholarship expenses for the sport of your choosing.
There are a number of ways you can make your annual gift to UMass Athletics/The Minutemen Club.