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October/November 2020

Moving Forward

Diana Ordonez And Nathaniel Crofts Play Important Roles For UVA’s Soccer Programs During Pandemic-Shortened Season

This issue of Cavalier Corner also includes:

  • Features on soccer forwards Diana Ordonez and Nathaniel Crofts
  • A story on Brennan Armstrong seizing the starting quarterback job for Virginia
  • Profiles on cross country runner Rohann Asfaw and field hockey goalkeeper Taylor Henriksen
  • Plus much more!

October/November 2020

Moving Forward

Diana Ordonez And Nathaniel Crofts Play Important Roles For UVA’s Soccer Programs During Pandemic-Shortened Season

This issue of Cavalier Corner also includes:

  • Features on soccer forwards Diana Ordonez and Nathaniel Crofts
  • A story on Brennan Armstrong seizing the starting quarterback job for Virginia
  • Profiles on cross country runner Rohann Asfaw and field hockey goalkeeper Taylor Henriksen
  • Plus much more!

Letter From The Executive Director

Dear Cavalier Fan,

It has been exciting to finally have a chance to watch our student-athletes compete this fall. They have done a remarkable job preparing to play under very challenging circumstances. Perhaps even more challenging has been adjusting to attending virtual classes from dorm rooms and apartments. The 2020-21 academic year will certainly be memorable!

From a fundraising perspective, we have entered the fourth quarter of the year and are working hard to have a strong finish. The remaining weeks will be critical in providing our student-athletes the support they need this year.

We began the year with a $20 million annual fund goal and a plan to fully fund all scholarships, provide operational budget support for our Olympic sports and to cover a portion of the academic affairs budget. Those priorities remain and have become even more critical as the pandemic has affected how our fans can watch sporting events and how our staff can engage with our donor base. We have been energized by the number of donors who have continued to enthusiastically support our student-athletes with annual fund commitments in excess of prior levels of giving. We are humbled by and grateful for this generosity.

As you consider the impact limited capacity at games is having on the athletics department budget, it’s clear that fundraising support is even more important this year. We are striving to exceed our fundraising target this year so we can once again fund all scholarships and provide additional funding to the athletics department to offset the loss of other revenues. If you are a season ticket holder and have questions about donating your ticket/parking purchase, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. This is another opportunity to provide support to the student-athletes you are watching on television instead of in the stands.

As I wrote in the last issue of the Cavalier Corner, a gift to the Annual Fund prior to the end of the year will help us forecast revenue and scholarship funding for the remainder of this year. If you are in a position to increase your gift or make a one-time additional gift, it would make a profound impact this year. Many donors are taking advantage of gains in the stock market and the provisions in the CARES Act to maximize the tax benefit this year. If you are interested in making a gift of stock, please contact our office for assistance. In many cases, this can be a tax-efficient way to support our student-athletes.

We also began this year focusing on the Master Plan and endowing scholarships. Those efforts still remain priorities for the athletics department. The completion of Phase I of the Master Plan in August, which included the natural grass practice fields for football, has shown how necessary and important the Master Plan is to the development of the student-athletes and the future of the athletics program. We hope to share additional updates on the Master Plan at a later date. There are still opportunities to take advantage of matching funds to create new endowed scholarships. We have added several new scholarships this year and look forward to awarding those in future years.

With so much happening throughout our country, we appreciate the attention, care and support that our donors have shown towards Virginia Athletics this year. We miss seeing the orange and blue in the stands and at events and are hopeful that these opportunities return in the near future. In the meantime, thank you for your continued generosity that creates a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our student-athletes.

Best regards,

Dirk Katstra
Executive Director

Features

Adapting Well

Adapting Well

Adapting Well England native Nathaniel Crofts didn’t know anyone in America when he came to UVA, but is now a team Captain with Pro Aspirations By Kristin Thurman rowing up in Sheffield, England, Nathaniel Crofts playing soccer at an early age was...

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Fast Start

Fast Start

Fast Start Second-year Diana Ordonez scored 34 points and was named All-ACC in her first season at UVA By Bill Bunting iana Ordonez, a second-year on the Virginia women’s soccer team, burst on the national scene last year, scoring 15 goals and...

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Fully Committed

Fully Committed

Fully Committed The work done by Brennan Armstrong during the COVID-19 pandemic solidified his role as a leader and UVA’s starting quarterback By Jim Daves helby, Ohio, with its population of just more than 9,000, would hardly be considered a hot...

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VAF News and Notes

Event Recaps

Event Recaps

VAF News & NotablesEvent Recaps s did many of our other annual events, this year’s All Sports Reunion looked very different. The traditional in-person all-inclusive tailgate and sport-specific events throughout a home football weekend were...

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Compliance Corner

Compliance Corner

compliance cornerEric Baumgartner,Associate Athletics Directorfor ComplianceRules Pertaining to Interactions with Prospective Student-Athletes​ Each academic year, the Compliance Office staff presents NCAA rule reminders to the UVA Board of Visitors and the VAF...

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Planned Gifts to the VAF

Planned Gifts to the VAF

Your Family Today, UVA's Athletes Tomorrow Planned Gifts to the Virginia Athletics Foundation In times when personal finances feel unpredictable, planned gifts can provide flexible ways to support the University's student-athletes. Bequests, beneficiary designations,...

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Continued Success

Continued Success

CONTINUED SUCCESS Jim Shannon by Jamey Bulloch im Shannon (Col ’71, Law ’74), a former captain and record holder for the UVA men’s track and field program, is a retired litigation attorney from Richmond, Virginia, and a strong supporter and...

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Wahoo Nation

Wahoo Nation

WAHOO NATION Carol Matarese by Jamey Bulloch arol Matarese has tailgated in the East L parking lot of Scott Stadium for many years. She and her family and friends have gathered together there on Saturday game days before heading in to the stadium...

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Letter From The Executive Director

Dear Cavalier Fan,

It has been exciting to finally have a chance to watch our student-athletes compete this fall. They have done a remarkable job preparing to play under very challenging circumstances. Perhaps even more challenging has been adjusting to attending virtual classes from dorm rooms and apartments. The 2020-21 academic year will certainly be memorable!

From a fundraising perspective, we have entered the fourth quarter of the year and are working hard to have a strong finish. The remaining weeks will be critical in providing our student-athletes the support they need this year.

We began the year with a $20 million annual fund goal and a plan to fully fund all scholarships, provide operational budget support for our Olympic sports and to cover a portion of the academic affairs budget. Those priorities remain and have become even more critical as the pandemic has affected how our fans can watch sporting events and how our staff can engage with our donor base. We have been energized by the number of donors who have continued to enthusiastically support our student-athletes with annual fund commitments in excess of prior levels of giving. We are humbled by and grateful for this generosity.

As you consider the impact limited capacity at games is having on the athletics department budget, it’s clear that fundraising support is even more important this year. We are striving to exceed our fundraising target this year so we can once again fund all scholarships and provide additional funding to the athletics department to offset the loss of other revenues. If you are a season ticket holder and have questions about donating your ticket/parking purchase, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. This is another opportunity to provide support to the student-athletes you are watching on television instead of in the stands.

As I wrote in the last issue of the Cavalier Corner, a gift to the Annual Fund prior to the end of the year will help us forecast revenue and scholarship funding for the remainder of this year. If you are in a position to increase your gift or make a one-time additional gift, it would make a profound impact this year. Many donors are taking advantage of gains in the stock market and the provisions in the CARES Act to maximize the tax benefit this year. If you are interested in making a gift of stock, please contact our office for assistance. In many cases, this can be a tax-efficient way to support our student-athletes.

We also began this year focusing on the Master Plan and endowing scholarships. Those efforts still remain priorities for the athletics department. The completion of Phase I of the Master Plan in August, which included the natural grass practice fields for football, has shown how necessary and important the Master Plan is to the development of the student-athletes and the future of the athletics program. We hope to share additional updates on the Master Plan at a later date. There are still opportunities to take advantage of matching funds to create new endowed scholarships. We have added several new scholarships this year and look forward to awarding those in future years.

With so much happening throughout our country, we appreciate the attention, care and support that our donors have shown towards Virginia Athletics this year. We miss seeing the orange and blue in the stands and at events and are hopeful that these opportunities return in the near future. In the meantime, thank you for your continued generosity that creates a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our student-athletes.

Best regards,

Dirk Katstra
Executive Director

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