Donor Spotlight

Bay -creek




Eric Thrift


Are you an alumnus of ODU? Class on 1997

What is your favorite memory of ODU Athletics?  Attending 2010 NCAA win over Notre Dame in basketball. Following the game in New Orleans I got engaged to my wife there.

Why do you support ODU Athletics and its student-athletes? For continued on court/field excellence and increased national profile in athletics.

What do you like most about ODU as a whole? Obviously the athletics, specifically Basketball/Football game days either tailgating or pre and post-game celebrations at the La Herradura across from the Ted Constant Center .

What makes you the most proud of ODU? It’s continued growth in campus, academics and athletics. The school has grown immensely since I graduated in the late 90’s and look forward to seeing the progress made in the next 20 years.

If you could describe ODU in one word, what word would it be and why? Home - I consider this place I really “grew at” considering I was from a small town in Virginia with one stop light. I enjoyed learning and experiencing the “culture” of living in a big city and meeting people with different backgrounds. I have met many people through going to athletic events that I consider my second family.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself? Born and raised in Callao, VA. Married to Courtney and have one daughter Delaney age 3, and one son of the furry kind-Jackson.