Anyone who has been involved in athletics knows that the experience lasts a lifetime. The thrill of competing at a high level, giving it your best, and the discipline required for long hours of conditioning and practice become a lasting part of who you are.
The Wolfpack Athletic Club acts as the fund-raising arm for the WOU Athletic Department. All donations received support today’s student athletes.
Athletics can provide a window to the quality, and commitment, of the university as a whole. Recruiting the best talent requires that we provide the support necessary to make Western Oregon University attractive and affordable, so that talented student athletes will choose to study and compete here. It is also important that we support those student athletes who have matured and improved and are now deserving of financial support
Enjoying the benefits of athletics at the collegiate level is more difficult today than in the past. The athletes of yesteryear practiced long hours and handled a full class load. It wasn’t always easy but it was affordable at state colleges and universities, even without a scholarship. But today’s athletes can’t earn enough during the year to pay for the higher costs of education and still put in the time necessary for athletic success.
While the cost of tuition and expenses, such as housing, has increased dramatically in the last decade, student’s earning power has not kept pace. The WOU Financial Aid office estimates that it costs students $13,000 per year for tuition, books, room and board, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses. Tuition alone costs $1,500 per term.
What this means to our athletes is that they are frequently forced to choose between work, school, athletic competition, and maintaining the basics of living. Consequently, many athletes must incur large amounts of debt during their college years or choose part-time employment over athletics.
In response to requests from alumni, friends and parents, donations to the Wolfpack Athletic Club will now go to support the sport of your choice. This is your opportunity to help your favorite sport, coach and athletes. With your support we will achieve athletic success as well as provide our young people with an outstanding university education.
*Please note: under “Gift Designation” click on “Other”. Then in the “Other Designation” box, type the specific sport you would like to support or "Wolfpack Athletics" to donate to all WOU sports.
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