Giving Societies

Athletics Director’s Circle

The Athletics Director’s Circle is one of two premier Rockne Athletics Fund membership levels. This exclusive group of benefactors help James E. Rohr, Director of Athletics, Jack Swarbrick, advance the five core values of Notre Dame Athletics: Community, Education, Excellence, Faith, and Tradition.

Through annual gifts of $25,000 or more, Athletics Director’s Circle members provide Notre Dame Athletics discretionary funding to meet its most pressing needs and priorities. Members of the Athletics Director’s Circle receive exclusive membership experiences while providing a direct and immediate impact on student-athletes. Members’ annual contributions bolster essential efforts such as:

  • Funding student-athlete scholarships
  • Providing robust nutritional stations and team-room provisions for all student-athletes
  • Expanding injury prevention, recovery, and rehab resources
  • Funding summer internships and study abroad opportunities
  • Improving team transportation


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Athletics Director’s Circle Impact

Since our founding, the University of Notre Dame's unique mission has been to educate the whole student—the mind, the body, and the spirit. This commitment is personified by our student-athletes, who compete at the highest levels of their sports while pursuing degrees in everything from mechanical engineering to finance. Additionally, our coaches’ lessons about leadership, time management, teamwork, perseverance, and preparation can be equally as valuable as the lessons learned in a traditional classroom.

In addition to promoting our student-athletes' accomplishments as athletes and individuals, athletics plays an essential role in shaping all Notre Dame students’ on-campus experiences. Athletics is an opportunity for the campus community to gather together, cheer on their classmates in competition, and celebrate the unique spirit of Notre Dame. Few experiences have the power to bind the Notre Dame family closer than rooting for a Fighting Irish victory.

Every day, Notre Dame student-athletes have the opportunity to experience the most distinctive student-athlete experience in the country, because of Rockne Athletic Fund members. In the 2020-2021 academic year, Rockne members provided over $8 million in student-athlete financial aid and over $400,000 in much- needed facility upgrades.In total, the Rockne Athletics Fund raised $12.54 million for Notre Dame student-athletes in the fiscal year 2021. Of that total, Athletics Directors Circle members contributed $2.2 million.

Giving Options

Members of the Athletics Director’s Circle make annual gifts through a variety of giving options, including charitable investments in the Notre Dame endowment pool.

Type Description
Annual Gift Make an annual gift of $25,000 through credit card, cash, wire transfer, or stock gift 
Leadership Pledge Sign a leadership pledge and memorialize and commemorate your commitment to support Notre Dame Athletics for the next two to four years.
Endowment of GIAs and Coaching Positions An opportunity to tie your name or your family with a Notre Dame coaching position, or a student-athlete scholarship.
Donor-Advised Fund Make a grant recommendation to Notre Dame through your donor-advised fund.
Notre Dame Charitable Remainder Trust Participate in the returns of the Notre Dame Endowment while maximizing your charitable impact.

Membership Experiences

Members of the Athletics Director’s Circle gain access to exclusive events on campus as well as unique opportunities to interact with University leadership and students, and all the experiences of Rockne Irish through Gold levels.

  • Special Ticket Assistance

    Members will enjoy special ticket assistance to all Notre Dame sporting events, including post-season events such as conference tournaments and bowl games.

  • Invitations to Exclusive Athletics Advancement Events

    Members will be invited to annual events such as Annual Winter Weekend, Ask Jack, Happy Hours, and Rockne Reception. Each event is a unique opportunity to meet with Notre Dame leadership such as Jack Swarbrick, the James E. Rohr Director of Athletics. In addition, many events feature opportunities to interact with Notre Dame student-athletes.

  • Invitation to Inaugural Notre Dame Sports Summit

    This vibrant biennial event features exclusive experiences and discussions with various leaders across the sports industry.

  • Premium Access

    Enjoy exclusive access to Game Day activities such as locker room tours and field passes. Members also have the opportunity to attend football practice on Thursdays of game week, and view practices of other Notre Dame Athletics Programs.

  • Personalized Concierge Service

    Special ombudsman/concierge service for Athletic events and special needs provided by the Rockne Athletics Fund Team

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The Athletics team is committed to advancing the mission of Notre Dame and is eager to help you with any questions you have about the impact of the Athletics Director’s Circle, giving options, or membership experiences.

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