JOIN THE CLUB
The Virginia Football Alumni Club exists to promote and support the University of Virginia football tradition by bringing together all eras and contributors to Virginia Football. We do this through game day parties throughout the fall and a big reunion in the spring. We remind the current team about the histories of their jersey numbers and we come out to watch them practice so they can connect those names and numbers with real faces and stories. We host cookouts in the summer to welcome new players to town, and we seek to pay it forward by sharing words of wisdom and reflection, having walked in those same shoes some years earlier.
We do those things because the teams that were were once apart of and the teammates that we lined up beside still matter to us. And because those experiences continues to serve as a lens through which we view and relate to our families, friends, jobs, and circumstances.
By joining the Club you are helping ensure that friendships remain intact, that history isn't forgotten, and that current and future Wahoos understand, appreciate, and nurture the legacies that you helped create.
WHO CAN JOIN?
The Club is open to ALL former players and members of the Football Family, including coaches, managers, trainers, and administrative personnel. Your standing in this group has nothing to do with how much you played then, or what you do for a living now. Family is family.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Members pay annual dues of $125. Dues were set at $100 at the Club's formal inception in 1998 and increased to the current rate in 2013 due to rising catering and administrative costs. We have to get creative at times in order to control costs, but we always seek to provide quality offerings and experiences. Thus, every membership - yours! -matters greatly to us.
A NOTE TO YOUNG ALUMS
We recognize that funds may not be overly abundant right now. That said, we still very much value your past contributions and future participation. Thus, dues are $20 (equivalent to 1 lb. of Thumbs & Toes and a pitcher of Coors Light at The Biltmore) for the first five years post-graduation. Joining the Club ensures that we can stay in touch and support your transition away from Grounds. You can do so here.
WHERE DO MY DUES GO?
We make every effort to be both thoughtful and responsible with how we manage the Club's funds. And simply put, we could not operate year-to-year without your generosity to replenish our operating account year-to-year. Here's what your dues have historically covered:
GENERAL & ADMINISTRATIVE
- Management services agreement with UVA Alumni Association:
- Database management
- Gift processing
- Fund management
- Event planning / staffing
- Miscellaneous (i.e. web hosting, letterhead)
- Rental fees
- Rental fees
- Order of the Crossed Sabres plaque(s)
- Senior Dinner at Aberdeen Barn (we funded this separately in 2019 from funds raised via GivingToHoosDay)
- Small gift for graduating players
WHAT IF I LIVE FAR AWAY?
We're making concerted efforts to broaden our reach and create opportunities for those located further from Charlottesville to feel connected, make an impact, and be served. Our approach has been to start with "the skinny end of the wedge" and create "low-cost experiments." You can find more details here. If you have other suggestions, please let us know!
HOW CAN I PAY?
You can register and pay online here, or via check and snail mail to the following:
University of Virginia Alumni Association Attn: VFAC duesP.O. Box 400314Charlottesville, VA 22904-4314
HOW BIG IS THE CLUB?
We have over 1,500 living football alumni, yet membership has declined over the past five years to under 225. Unsurprisingly, much of this appears to be related to periods of on-field struggles. That said, we aspire to build this group for the long haul, and into something that will withstand any dips in performance or changes in staff, recognizing that the bonds formed thru a shared set of experiences, struggles, and successes are strong enough to stand on their own.
Our goal for 2019-2020 is 300 members, which seems very reasonable, and keeps us financially solvent. We'll continue to build from there, aiming to reach as many alums from as many eras from as many states as possible.