SOURCE: Valparaiso Athletics
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today the launch of Victory for Valpo to address the financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Valpo Athletics.
The loss of significant ticket and sponsorship revenue, NCAA and Missouri Valley Conference distributions and guaranteed game money results in a revenue shortfall of over $600,000 for Valpo Athletics. In addition, the expense of maintaining the Valpo student-athlete experience in a safe environment continues, with added costs this year for testing and other COVID-19 related safeguards and protocols.
“When each one of these young men and women decided to attend Valpo and compete for the Brown and Gold, we made a commitment to them,” said LaBarbera. “A commitment that they would have the most meaningful student-athlete experience possible and have the opportunity to develop athletically, grow as individuals and receive a world-class education as members of the Valpo Athletics family.”
Gifts to Victory for Valpo will support Valpo Athletics and provide critical resources to all 17 of Valpo’s NCAA Division-I athletic teams. Importantly, it will help protect the Valpo student-athlete experience of competing at the highest level possible while dedicated to achieving academic excellence in the classroom.
The pandemic has established a “new normal” and Valpo student-athletes, coaches and staff have adapted well. Several winter sports have returned to competition, albeit with limited spectator attendance, while spring sports are nearing the start of their respective seasons. Additionally, traditional fall sports — football, volleyball, women's soccer and cross country — have the opportunity to compete this spring as well.
All alumni, friends and fans of Valparaiso University are encouraged to support Victory for Valpo. Visit valpo.edu/v4v for more information and to make a gift.