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One Team. One Community. One Vision.

Although you’re not on the game day roster, you are a critical part of our team. Ball State Athletics’ 19 sports and hundreds of student-athletes rely on your generosity for scholarships, equipment upgrades, travel, and facility enhancements. These benefits and improvements draw and retain top talent from across the nation and elevate the reach and reputation of our programs.

Join the Cardinal Varsity Club

For nearly 60 years, the Cardinal Varsity Club has brought together Ball State’s most dedicated fans to collectively invest in deserving student-athletes who compete for programs that value integrity, service, and wellness as much as wins and championships. Give and join here.

Give your Cardinals something to chirp about!

Annual Fund

Support a wide range of needs and opportunities through the annual fund, including scholarships, equipment upgrades, and team travel. Give now.

Matching Gifts

Your employer may offer a matching gift program which could maximize the impact of your generosity. Learn more about matching gifts.

Please contact the Office of Development to discuss the following leadership opportunities:

Facility Enhancements
We are constantly striving to improve our student-athletes experience through the enhancement of the facilities in which the practice or compete. Whether it is training needs, rehab facilities, locker rooms, court spaces, or otherwise, ensuring our facilities are state-of-the-art provides the optimal opportunity for Ball State student-athletes to be successful.

Gift Planning
You can create permanent endowments for perpetual support of programs and scholarships through bequests in your will, trusts, or other beneficiary designations such as life insurance or retirement plans. Other planned gift options, including gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts, pay lifetime income to you with the residual designated for Ball State Athletics.

Endowed Scholarships
You can create a lasting tribute in honor or in memory of family, friends, or business associates through endowments. Once the principal is invested, income from the fund supports scholarships for our student-athletes based on award criteria you specify. A minimum of $25,000 is required to establish an endowment, which you may name. 

Benefits of Cardinal Varsity Club Membership
The greatest benefit of Cardinal Varsity Club is knowing the tremendous impact you make in the lives of student-athletes and Ball State’s reputation for success. But we recognize your commitment and generosity with exclusive benefits and access.

  • Priority Seating
    Cheer alongside Ball State’s most dedicated, spirited fans in areas sectioned off for generous donors. You can also enjoy complimentary refreshments at half-time.
  • Priority Parking for Athletic Events
    Game-day parking is a breeze with access to the best parking lots, as part of your Cardinal Varsity Club membership. Please consult the parking map to determine the lot associated with your giving level.
  • Game Program Recognition
    The Cardinal Varsity Club lists members in athletic programs to recognize your generous commitment and support.
  • Bowl Game and Postseason Ticket Priority
    The opportunity to purchase postseason tickets is offered first to Cardinal Varsity Club members. We often coordinate guided trips to out-of-town contests and pregame events for our premiere donors.
  • Invitation to Key Events
    Cardinal Varsity Club members are invited to key annual events, including the football kickoff dinner, the basketball tipoff dinner, Hall of Fame dinner, golf outings, and other exclusive gatherings.
  • E-newsletter 
    Keep up to date with the latest athletics’ news and insider information, including messages from coaches, with a subscription to athletics’ e-newsletter.

For more information, visit the Athletics Development website or call 765-285-8120.