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NCC Excellence Fund
for Cross Country and Track & Field


You can make an impact. By making a gift to the NCC Excellence Fund for Cross Country and Track & Field, you help our student-athletes succeed in the classroom and in competition. Your support also gives our programs an edge in recruiting and training. With you on our team this year, we can continue to provide the best for our student-athletes. Make a gift today!

Last year, supporters of our program helped fund a second elevated runway for horizontal jumps, upgrading our ability to host indoor competitions and championships. We are also able to send our student-athletes to Maymester classes. Thanks to our generous supporters, we have the resources we need to learn, lead and win championships.

See the chart below for benefit details for the NCC Excellence Fund for Cross Country and Track & Field.

2016–17 NCC Excellence Fund for Cross Country and Track Benefits Giving Levels
$150 $500 $1,000 $2,500 $5,000 $10,000 and above
Tax deductible
(to the extent allowed by law)
NCC priority credit
Autographed team photo
Team-specific gear  
Team-specific special event
Meet recognition
Dinner with Coach Keith      
Dinner with team        
Team all-access experience          

Support excellence


Our student-athletes spend countless hours studying, practicing and competing in order to excel, both academically and athletically. The Commodores earned the No. 10 ranking in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Program of the Year standings, up five spots from last year. Last season, our women’s cross country team won their second consecutive South Region Championship, and earned a trip to the NCAA Championships for the fifth year in a row. Freshman Caroline Pietrzyk earned All-American honors and was named the SEC Women’s Freshman Runner of the Year. The track & field program finished among the Top 30 at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships. Triple jumper Simone Charley was named first-team All-American finishing as NCAA Runner-up at both the Indoor and Outdoor National Championships, broke her school record at multiple events and was named Vanderbilt Female Athlete of the Year. Katherine Delaney and Simone Charley both competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the first time since 2004 that Vanderbilt had more than one representative at the national meet. Simone Charley competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials, and Jennifer Edobi competed at the Olympic Trials in her native Nigeria. Each of our three teams earned above a 3.2 cumulative GPA last academic year, and 30 student-athletes were recognized on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Coach Steve Keith expects great things this year. Our student-athletes are working toward success—now they just need you! Make a gift today.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I make a gift to the NCC Excellence Fund for Cross Country and Track & Field, will I be recognized as a National Commodore Club member? Yes. All donors to any area of Vanderbilt Athletics are recognized as NCC members.

Will my gift to the NCC Excellence Fund for Cross Country and Track & Field apply toward my National Commodore Club benefits? No. You will receive NCC priority points, but you must make a separate gift to the NCC annual fund for priority seating and parking benefits.

Will my gift to the NCC Excellence Fund for Cross Country and Track & Field be a restricted or unrestricted gift? A gift made directly to a sport’s program is restricted. By giving directly to our NCC Excellence Fund, you provide funds for projects outside of our operating budget.