Charlotte 49ers Athletics

The Charlotte 49ers athletic program operates within the perspective of the overall educational program of UNC Charlotte. With a balanced program that supports equitable opportunities for all students and staff, the department promotes a total person concept that prepares its student-athletes with the necessary tools to be successful in academic, athletic and social settings. 

The Department of Athletics supports the highest ideals of sportsmanship and is committed to the highest ethical standards of the University, Conference USA and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. 

This past year, we experienced significant financial challenges as a result of expenses required to protect our student-athletes, staff, and facilities during the ongoing pandemic as well as additional expenses needed to travel safely to competitions.  

Our student-athletes were faced with their own challenges when spring sport seasons were halted and many of our fall sports were postponed to the spring of 2021.  

Despite this, our student-athletes remained resilient and admirably faced the challenges that were presented.  They excelled in the classroom posting a 3.448 fall 2020 semester departmental GPA with 100% of teams earning a 3.0 or better team GPA.  They were and continue to be winners on and off the fields and courts of play with women’s basketball reaching the postseason WNIT, men’s cross country participating in the NCAA Championships, and football DE Tyriq Harris named a finalist for the NFF William V. Campbell Trophy (Scholar-Athlete) and a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy (Community Servant). They have truly exemplified what it means to be the #GoldStandard. 

This year presents an even greater need.  We hope you will join us during #NinerNationGives to support our 400+ male and female student-athletes by selecting one of the areas of need below. 

Thank you for your support of Charlotte Athletics! 

Up for the Challenge? 

Make a bigger impact by taking advantage of the following challenges!

  • Athletic Foundation President Robbie Lewis and his wife Jill are generously matching all athletic gifts dollar for dollar up to $10,000! Give now and double the impact!
  • Former Charlotte 49ers soccer player Craig Brown will contribute $5,000 if 149 fellow former and current student-athletes make a gift during #NinerNationGives!
  • Former 49ers Tennis Player Ali Lacy Sherrill is challenging 49ers and friends to post a photo of their favorite UNC Charlotte memory on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using our hashtag, #NinerNationGives! If 49 posts are reached, Ali will give an additional $5,500 to support the Athletic Foundation! Post on, Niner Nation!
  • Former Charlotte 49ers softball player Andrea Howard is matching gifts to the Judy W. Rose Let Me Play fund dollar for dollar up $5,000 during the 49 hours! Give to Let Me Play now to double the impact toward Charlotte 49ers women's athletics.
  • UNC Charlotte alumni couple, David and Angie Gay, will generously contribute $10,000 for a number of donors contributed challenge.  Details to be released during the campaign.
  • Charlotte 49ers Athletic Director Mike Hill and his wife Jessica are generously matching all gifts made to the RallyGreen fund dollar for dollar up to $5,000.  The RallyGreen fund supports an additional year of eligibility for all student-athletes impacted by Covid 19.  Gifts made to RallyGreen do not satisfy annual fund requirements for football and basketball.  See full description below.  Challenge starts at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 7. 

Make a Difference 

Athletic Annual Fund

Supports the general scholarship fund for Charlotte 49ers Athletics providing scholarship assistance and other programmatic needs to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 varsity sports. Gifts to the annual fund are critical to the growth of the athletic program.

Judy W. Rose Let Me Play Fund for Women’s Athletics

Named in honor of longtime 49ers Director of Athletics, Judy W. Rose, the Let Me Play Fund provides direct support to our women’s athletic programs.


RallyGreen is our push to raise more than $600,000 in direct scholarship funding for football, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track and field, and men’s and women’s cross-country student-athletes who choose to remain for the additional year of eligibility for student-athletes whose seasons were impacted by COVID-19.  Gifts to RallyGreen do not count toward annual giving requirements for football or men’s basketball.

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