Who We Are
We are a professional fundraising organization that works behind the scenes to support every men’s and women’s varsity team at WVU. We seek to attract, enlist and retain members, whose contributions and in-kind donations fuel the success of the entire intercollegiate athletic program. In most cases, contributions and donations to MAC are tax-deductible, and active MAC members enjoy valuable benefits based on their annual level of participation.
Why We Need Your Help
As a self-supporting auxiliary to the University, the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics does not receive state funding or financial support from the University. With more than 350 student-athletes in 17 varsity sports receiving financial aid each year this creates a significant need for private support. WVU Intercollegiate Athletics pays 100% of the scholarship bill from the University for its student-athletes, primarily with monies received from MAC members who understand the need and costs of maintaining a premier college athletic program. MAC fundraising efforts also support critical capital projects and other special programs undertaken by the athletic department. Mountaineer sports is the window through which the University is often viewed, with its accomplishments serving as a tremendous recruiting tool and a catalyst for philanthropy to all areas of WVU. Essential private support enables WVU to recruit and train elite student-athletes in quality facilities, fund scholarships and compete with peer institutions. This financial stability—created primarily by MAC members--ultimately breeds success and success breeds pride among WVU’s many alumni and friends. When WVU sports succeed, everyone wins
Need for Growth
The cost of competing at the highest level and providing a quality education for outstanding student-athletes continues to climb. The primary resource responsible for meeting these critical needs are funds generated by the Mountaineer Athletic Club. Consequently, the loyal support of MAC members has never been more paramount to the success of every WVU student-athlete and team.
To address ongoing and future demands, MAC has targeted growth in its membership to maintain WVU’s position as one of the nation’s premier programs. Sustaining our success — athletically and academically — requires that more fans, organizations and businesses get involved in the important mission headed by MAC. Now is the time to get involved and secure the future of WVU Intercollegiate Athletics. Membership in MAC is available through annual gifts to the student-athlete scholarship fund. Membership runs December 1 through November 30 and can begin with a gift of as little as $100 annually. New members can contribute at any level, but must make a minimum gift of $100 to activate the membership and receive certain benefits. Renewing and new members traditionally have until the second Friday in May to complete their full giving levels, while enjoying the benefits of membership throughout the year.
As a member of the Mountaineer Athletic Club you provide a vital component to the success of Mountaineer athletics. Your membership provides WVU student-athletes the opportunity to proudly say, “I’m a Mountaineer.”