Athletics
Providing an Exceptional Experience

At Butler University, student-athletes are committed to winning The Butler Way: playing by the rules, putting the team above self, and competing with integrity. Our student-athletes and coaches believe that winning the right way means never sacrificing gains in the classroom for gains on the playing field.


Approximately 10% of our student body are directly involved in athletics, either competing on one of our 20 NCAA Division I teams or participating on other club or recreational teams. These student-athletes are gaining lifelong skills employers seek in future employees: perseverance, a quest for excellence, cooperation, teamwork, and respect for others. And our students are learning these skills in a high-pressure, public setting while pursuing a rigorous academic degree.


We are deeply proud of the way our student-athletes and coaches represent The Butler Way on the national stage in the BIG EAST Conference and the Pioneer Football League, carrying Butler’s values and ideals across the country through sport. Whether on the field of play, in the classroom, or in the community, our student-athletes represent the very best of Butler University. 


Our mission is to provide an exceptional educational and athletic experience for all our student-athletes. This requires providing the facilities, training and support these student-athletes need to succeed in the classroom, on the field of competition, and in life. To do this, we need your help. Please consider making a gift to support our athletes today!


Athletic Funding Priorities

Butler Athletics is establishing the Bulldogs Forever Initiative to offset a potential multi-million dollar budget shortfall in the 2020-21 academic year. The goal of this fund is to help the athletic department navigate the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic and position the department for future success. 

$50,000
Participation Challenge
Some call it giving back, we call it the Butler Way. Thank you, Bulldogs! And a special thank you to Ken Massaroni '83 and Lori Ziemba '82, and Lynne Zydowsky '81for funding this challenge.
1,500 / 1,500 Gifts
Completed
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Alumni Community Leaderboard
Check out which Alumni Communities are making the largest impact on Butler Day of Giving!
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Rank Answer Amount
1 Central Indiana Community $22,960.00
2 Chicago Community $17,453.01
3 MBA Community $4,425.00
4 Greater Detroit Community $2,550.00
5 Greater Boston Community $2,410.00
6 Bay Area Community $2,230.00
7 Black Alumni Association $2,100.00
8 LGBT Alumni Association $2,075.00
9 Greater New York Community $1,675.00
10 Washington, DC Community $1,600.00
11 Greater Evansville Community $1,520.00
12 Atlanta Community $1,100.01
13 St. Louis Community $1,000.00
14 Cincinnati Community $990.18
15 Young Alumni Board $830.10
16 Fort Wayne Community $410.00
17 Mile High Community $275.00
Ended
$1,700
Young Alumni Board Challenge
Young alumni rock! Thanks for your support!
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
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Match
A Final Four Challenge
Let's finish strong over the last 4 hours of BU Day of Giving! Gifts made to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. Your gift to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship could be the game-winner pushing us over the 1,500 gift goal unlocking an additional $50,000 in student scholarship support!
$10,000 MATCHED
Completed
2
Match
Butler Fund for Student Scholarship Matching Challenge
Gifts made to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000 on Day of Giving. Butler University has steadily grown our financial aid allocation to nearly $78 million per year, but we need your help to further expand the financial resources available to our students and their families. Your gift to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship will allow students to continue to experience the superior education that can only be offered at Butler University.
$25,000 MATCHED
Completed
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