Buff and Blue Fund Playbook for Student-Athlete Success


At GW, we believe a world-class university deserves a world-class athletics program. Our goal is to build champions in the classroom, in the community, and in competition.

With 27 varsity programs and more than 30 club and intramural offerings, we engage our students, our campus community, our alumni, and our fans through the spirit of healthy living and competition. With your help, we can take GW Athletics to new heights.

Support Champions, Give to GW Athletics

To learn more:

Student-Athlete Testimonials

  • Chidima Osuchukwu

    Chidima Osuchukwu - Vollyball

    Chidima Osuchukwu, '17 - Vollyball

    "My teammates and I are incredibly grateful to have a brand new locker room! Being able to have a place of our own...has really helped our team chemistry and added to our competitiveness on the court."

  • Devin Hisarli

    Devin Hisarli - Men's Rowing

    Devin Hisarli, '17 - Men's Rowing

    "I have had the opportunity to teach HIV/AIDS prevention methods at local schools as part of The Grassroot Project. The ability to bounce back from tough situations is an essential skill."

  • Cami Drouin-Allaire

    Cami Drouin-Allaire - Women's Gymnastics

    Cami Drouin-Allaire, '18 - Women's Gymnastics

    "Being a student-athlete is a gift that I take pride in every day. The support that my team and I receive from GW Athletics has allowed us to compete to the best of our ability. "

  • Jonny Forrest

    Jonny Forrest - Men's Soccer

    Jonny Forrest, '16 - Men's Soccer

    "While leaving my hometown of North Shields, England, was a tough decision...GW offers a world-class education and opportunity to compete at the highest level of collegiate athletics."

  • Alana Anderson

    Alana Anderson - Softball

    Alana Anderson, '18 - Softball

    "Leaving  [Puerto Penasco, Mexico, helping to run a Vacation Bible School program] was very emotional. This trip was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had."

Where to Give

Victoria Valos

Boost Resources for Our Athletes

The Buff & Blue Fund provides all GW student-athletes with uniforms, up-to-date training facilities and equipment, team travel, meals, the finest coaches, recruiting support, academic support programs, and other essentials for maintaining the quality of every GW team and sport. Additional resources will support sport-specific training, nutritional options, and safer and more efficient transportation to competitions.

Enhance the student-athlete experience

Take Facilities to the Next Level

Recent renovations made to the Barcroft Baseball Park, Mount Vernon Athletics Complex, and the Charles E. Smith Center were made possible, in part, by philanthropy.  Our fields and courts are used regularly by intercollegiate teams, club sports, intramural teams, and recreational groups. These facilities need frequent upgrades to match the level of competitions that they host.

Contact us for more information on supporting athletic facilities

Supporting Champions

  • Tennis Photo

    Athletics Slider: Men's Tennis

    This year, GW men's tennis became back-to-back A-10 champions, garnering their fourth A-10 title in five years and earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

  • 2015 Women's Volleyball team accepted the Buff & Blue Fund Challenge.

    Slider: Buff & Blue Fund Challenge Raises $80,000

    Accepting the Buff & Blue Challenge from Gil Cisneros, BA '94, volleyball and softball teams stepped up with 100% participation.

  • Student Athletes at Commencement

    Athletics Slider: Well-Round Student Athletes

    It’s often difficult for athletes to study abroad. Through philanthropic support, teams can travel and experience other cultures and countries, creating well-rounded student-athletes who are engaged as leaders.

  • Women's Squash

    Athletics Slider: Women's Squash

    Our women's squash team won its first Kurtz Cup Championship at the College Squash Association Team Nationals, finishing 2014 ranked No. 9 in the country — the highest in program history. 

Donor Testimonials

Michelle Rubin

Michelle Rubin, BA '91, speaks about Making History and Athletics

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