The Complete Student-Athlete Experience: Team Travel
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.
Team Travel: An average of $6,993 is spent per year, per student-athlete, on team travel.
To compete for Big Ten Conference titles and capitalize on national exposure, winning away from Iowa City is vital for all 24 University of Iowa sports teams. When traveling for competitions, it’s important to provide top-notch accommodations for our more than 650 student-athletes—to keep them healthy, rested, and on top of their busy academic schedules. Between flights, bus trips, meals, and hotel stays, approximately $5 million is spent annually on travel accommodations for our student-athletes.
“The support we receive to take care of our team when we travel is essential to our success,” said second-year Iowa volleyball coach Boyd Shymansky. “Our student-athletes are able to attend more classes, get better sleep, keep a good nutritional balance, and stay focused on being great students and athletes. Many of the college towns in the Big Ten Conference can be difficult to reach, and providing fast and timely travel allows us to ‘win, graduate, and do it right.’”
Alli O’Deen, a senior on the Iowa volleyball team, said support from the University of Iowa and from our more than 17,000 I-Club members has helped her on the court and in the classroom.
“It is important to miss as little class time as possible,” said O’Deen. “With support from our contributors, our Hawkeye sports teams are able to travel in a quick and efficient manner.”
Bud and Georgia Johnson, of Monticello, Iowa, are two donors who understand the importance of supporting UI student-athletes. The Johnsons, Presidents Club and I-Club members, have generously contributed to the UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics—supporting the Hawkeye women’s basketball and volleyball travel funds, as well as creating the Bud and Georgia Johnson Volleyball Scholarship and the Bud and Georgia Johnson Women’s Basketball Scholarship.
“We feel it’s a blessing to be financially able to support University of Iowa student-athletes in their athletic endeavors,” said Georgia, who also organizes trips for Iowa fans to attend away women’s basketball games. “Not only do our student-athletes represent their respective teams, but they also represent the University of Iowa and state of Iowa while competing across the nation. Team practices, competitions, and travel time all interfere with the main goal of getting a college degree, but our student-athletes overcome these obstacles and also compete in the classroom.”