The Complete Student-Athlete Experience: Equipment and Uniforms
Our goal is to fund the complete student-athlete experience. Contributors to the I-Club fund scholarships, team travel, medical and athletic training, equipment and uniforms, academic services, nutrition, and strength and conditioning. Your gifts enable us to provide the best possible experience for our student-athletes.
During the 2015-16 athletics year, we will highlight the seven areas that make up I-Club members' investment in the complete Hawkeye student-athlete experience.
Equipment and Uniform Expenses: An average of $2,444 is spent per year, per student-athlete.
Many student-athletes have dreamed of donning the black and gold since they were kids. Thanks to I-Club members, Our Hawkeyes’ dreams are now reality – they proudly sport the black and gold in front of the Hawkeye faithful.
Uniforms help draw the eye of future Hawkeyes, and build pride among our student-athletes and fans. Equipment is an investment we make in our student-athletes.
“During the recruiting process, we are able to show prospects that we provide the complete student-athlete experience at the University of Iowa,” said Bluder. “Top-notch equipment and uniforms play a vital role in the safety, development, and performance of our student-athletes.
“Quality uniforms make our players feel like champions, and they wear the IOWA jersey with pride. We talk about the name on the front (Iowa) being more important than the name on the back and our athletes buy into that. When you are dressed for success, it shows!”
This kind of support extends beyond gameday uniforms, as equipment and technology are an investment in our student-athletes.
Bob and Jan Fitzgerald of Moline, Illinois, have been longtime fans of the Iowa women’s basketball program. Their daughter Jenni is beginning her 16th season as a Hawkeye assistant coach.
Recently, they decided to channel their support in two very generous ways. Bob and Jan established the Fitzgerald Family Women’s Basketball Scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time this year to recipient Alexa Kastanek.
The couple also gave a generous gift in support of immediate needs, which included the purchase of a basketball shooting machine for the women’s basketball program. The shooting gun acts as an automatic rebounder and provides a direct return pass for student-athletes. The machine can be set to pass to a certain location for a specific number of shots, tracks made baskets, and allows the student-athlete to work on their offense in a very calculated way.
“The shooting gun was something that would help the Hawks be competitive and when we were made aware of the need, we saw an opportunity to help out,” said Bob, co-founder and former owner of FCA Incorporated. “The coaches told us that the gun provides their student-athletes with an important additional opportunity, and that’s what we are about, providing opportunities that help the student-athletes and the program.”