Dear ODAF Member,
On behalf of the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for your generous support of ODU Athletics. This past year our ODAF supporters proved that we are truly on a rise to national prominence. 2017 was a record-breaking year for the ODAF and ODU Athletics as we raised over $12 Million in support of our 450 student-athletes and our 18 intercollegiate athletic programs. This marks the highest fundraising year in the history of ODU Athletics.
The record-breaking fundraising year comes after President Broderick announced in his 2017 State of the University address a $250 Million fundraising initiative for the University. As a part of the overall initiative, the ODAF is charged with raising $40 Million in support of athletics. Funds raised from this initiative will be used to elevate the competitiveness of our athletic programs through facility enhancements including the renovation of SB Ballard Stadium, increased scholarship support for our student-athletes, and also to support the startup of a Division 1 women’s volleyball program.
As we look to 2018, I want to remind you of some important dates. Our 2018 GamePlan will hit mailboxes in early March. The GamePlan will include both your 2018 ODAF Renewal as well as your 2018 ODU Football season ticket renewal. Please remember that the renewal deadline for both will be Tuesday, May 1, 2018. You can renew your ODAF membership over the phone by calling 757.683.6963, online by visiting www.olddominionaf.com, or in person by joining us for the 2018 “Big Blue Blast”, our first annual renewal day celebration on May 1st at Waterside. More info to follow!
I also want to make our great ODAF members aware that the government’s recent tax reform impacts the tax deductibility of gifts that are made in order to receive athletic ticket benefits. We encourage you to talk to your tax advisor to see how this could affect you. This tax reform will impact our entire industry and we will continue to monitor and communicate any future changes to our ODAF policies and procedures.
The success that ODU athletics continues to experience is because of you. We can’t thank you enough for your support and look forward to having you on our team in 2018. Because of you, we create winners in the classroom, in athletic competition, and in life.
Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018 and let’s go Monarchs!!!
Sr. Assoc. Athletic Director, Development