Giving & Benefits -> Giving -> Varsity Club
Annual gifts to the Iron Dukes Varsity Club provide essential resources for Duke's 26 varsity sports, providing flexibility for Duke coaches to meet unanticipated needs - needs that ensure each of our teams has a margin of excellence in their sport. In an increasingly competitive environment, coaches count on the generosity of former Duke student-athletes, their families and Blue Devil fans to make sport-specific annual gifts.
Each year, Iron Dukes Varsity Club gifts help Duke:
Gifts to the Iron Dukes Varsity Club can be directed to a specific sport, and those gifts go straight to work for that team providing resources above the sport budget. Iron Dukes Varsity Club gifts make a real difference across our varsity sports and help Duke remain a school that is top-ranked in both athletics and academics.
Once a Blue Devil, Always a Blue Devil
Former student-athletes have an important role to play on their team: becoming a Duke Athletics donor. After graduation, every former student-athlete is invited to become a member of the Iron Dukes Varsity Club as a way to honor their connection to Duke with an initial $250 gift to their team. Then, by making an annual gift each year to the Iron Dukes Varsity Club - and increasing that annual contribution over time - former student-athletes gain the satisfaction of being a part of the winning team long after their days on the field. The impact of giving can continue to grow by adding a gift to the Iron Dukes Annual Fund each year to support student-athlete scholarships, or giving to one of the team's individual projects. Beyond annual support, former student-athletes are also invited to consider a gift to establish a scholarship or for the comprehensive facilities plan. And former student-athletes can make the ultimate gift by including Duke Athletics in estate plans through bequests and other deferred giving vehicles. Once a Blue Devil, always a Blue Devil.
The Tradition of the Varsity Club
For over 85 years, the Iron Dukes Varsity Club - previously known as the Varsity 'D' Club - has celebrated Duke letterwinners, communicated Duke Athletics achievements and cultivated the support of former student-athletes. From awarding Varsity letterwinner certificates, jackets and rings, to organizing reunions and special events, the Varsity Club has been former student-athletes' connection to Duke Athletics. The Iron Dukes Varsity Club also advocates and represents letterwinners by partnering with the broader university for events including the Duke Sports Hall of Fame, Reunion Weekend, and Parents' and Family Weekend. On the national stage, the Iron Dukes Varsity Club represents former Duke student-athletes at the National Football Foundation (NFF), the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (NCSHF), and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Be on a championship team forever and join the rich tradition that is the Iron Dukes Varsity Club by making a gift today!