Athletics Advancement

Athletics is a key part of the Notre Dame tradition. But sponsoring 26 varsity sports can be a challenge, to say the least.

As we continue to rise to that challenge, we seek support for:


Questions? Please contact:

Sara Liebscher
Senior Director of Athletics Advancement
Associate Athletics Director
(574) 631-5311
Fax: (574) 631-9345

Athletics by the Numbers

  • From 2008-2013, Notre Dame student-athletes have ranked #1 in the nation for Graduation Success Rate (GSR).
  • Notre Dame is one of the few universities to rank in the top 25 in both the U.S. News & World Report survey of America’s best colleges and the U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup standings of the best overall athletic programs.
  • Since 1952, Fighting Irish athletics programs have produced the second most Academic All-Americans among Division I-A colleges and universities.

Leadership Giving

I have a very hard time putting into words what it means to put on the Irish jersey. The first time I looked up and ran out of the football tunnel I cried. I had no intention of crying — it wasn’t on my radar. In that moment though, I realized where I was and what I was going to be playing for. I knew I was going to be a part of something special as a student-athlete at Notre Dame. Matthias Farley, Football ’15