The role of intercollegiate athletics is not to be underestimated in planning for Elon’s future. A successful athletics program contributes to a sense of community and institutional pride, is of great interest to students and alumni, and contributes greatly to national visibility. Elon’s athletic peers are fine universities such as William and Mary, Richmond, Furman and Davidson, schools that believe strongly in the student-athlete ideal and understand that the intercollegiate athletic experience is wonderful preparation for leadership in life. The Elon Commitment seeks to develop an athletics program that is both a model of academic integrity and that establishes a strong and proud tradition of winning conference championships and advancing to succeed in NCAA regional and national competitions.
A goal for athletics in The Elon Commitment is the construction of a new multipurpose convocation center, providing a showcase facility for Phoenix athletics and, equally important, meeting the critical campus need for a large venue to host community events.
As part of its commitment to excellence, Elon will also fully fund athletics scholarships in all sports, especially through increased annual support and endowment resources.
Student-athlete academic performance and graduation rates will remain a top priority, and we will ensure that Elon consistently ranks among the leaders in the Southern Conference. We will also maintain a leadership position by meeting the established objectives of the university’s gender equity plan.