2 2023 INVESTMENT GUIDE Dear Hokie Nation, Our fall sports seasons are already in full swing, and we could not be more encouraged from all of the support you have shown since we kicked off the 2022-2023 academic year. Our nearly 600 student-athletes are incredibly appreciative to have the best fan base in the country behind them with everything they do, whether that be in competition, in the classroom, or in the community. We are currently in the heat of the ACC slate for football, which is once again proving itself to be an incredibly talented conference. We are encouraged by the steps Coach Pry and his staff have taken to develop this group of student-athletes. They are the right group of leaders we want to have moving this program forward into the future of college football. As they move throughout the progression of leading our program back to national prominence, they are lucky to have the most passionate fan base behind them. Our Olympic sports continue to make strides as well. Coach Chugger Adair and his staff have excelled with a young group of student-athletes in the already challenging gauntlet of ACCWomen’s Soccer. Mike Brizendine and Virginia Tech Men’s Soccer have also made strides with one of the most difficult schedules in the country, and we are looking forward to seeing them make a push for a seventh straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. In Cassell, volleyball has seen exceptional improvement as well under the tutelage of Marci Byers. Finally, our student-athletes on the cross country trail are equipped to compete thanks to the incredible Dave Cianelli. We encourage you to come cheer on these teams when you make a trip to Blacksburg. As we gear up to the highly anticipated winter sports seasons, we want to remind our fans that Hokies are truly stronger together. We are not asking one person to do everything, but everyone to do something. In this 2023 Investment Guide, you will find a multitude of ways to help us on our mission to elevate Virginia Tech from a challenger to a champion brand in collegiate athletics. Hokie fans can find out more about the ways in which they can give, potential benefits, seating and parking information, and more in this edition of Inside Hokie Sports magazine. You all play a crucial role in the student-athlete experience, and this guide leads you to the best ways to make an impact. With your help, we’re moving in the right direction, and we need to continue to stay on this path. At the conclusion of the last Drive Year, Hokie Club membership ascended to over 29,000 for the first time in history. Our supporters also raised over $20 million in current-use annual fund philanthropic dollars, fulfilling the scholarship bill for our student-athletes in Blacksburg, while also supplementing programs’ operational budgets. It is imperative that Hokie Nation steps up to do that once again to ensure the best possible experience for nearly 600 studentathletes. We are building the most well rounded leaders in Blacksburg, not only in competition, but in the classroom and the community. It will be challenging, but our fans have risen to the occasion before, and we know they can continue to do so. Thank you for your dedication to our student-athletes. You are helping all of Virginia Tech Athletics Reach for Excellence! Go Hokies! Whit Babcock Director of Athletics A WORD FROM WHIT DOES MY GIFT MAKE AN IMPACT? Yes! As we continue to “Reach for Excellence,” your contribution, no matter the size, is the single best way to help us continue our positive momentum and impact the lives of Hokie student-athletes. HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER? Any gift to any fund for a Virginia Tech Athletics program makes you a Hokie Club member! However, to qualify for annual benefits, a priority ranking, and a membership level, a minimum gift of $25 to the Hokie Scholarship Fund is required. WHAT ISTHE ? The principal mission of the Hokie Club is to provide financial support for scholarships for Virginia Tech student-athletes. Other fundraising initiatives such as capital improvement, endowments and programmatic needs also fall under the responsibilities of the Hokie Club. These initiatives, along with scholarship fundraising, are a vital part of moving Virginia Tech athletes forward from a Challenger Brand to a Champion Brand. WHAT DOES MY INVESTMENT SUPPORT? Your philanthropic contributions to Virginia Tech Athletics go directly into enhancing the student-athlete experience in Blacksburg in areas such as scholarship and educational support, leadership development, student-athlete wellness, and other programmatic needs for our 22 varsity sports. Your investment in Virginia Tech Athletics is helping make lifelong memories for nearly 600 Hokie student-athletes. ARE MY DONATIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE? We always encourage you to consult your tax advisor when making philanthropic gifts, however, as a general rule of thumb: Non-seat related contributions including gifts to capital projects, endowments, and Hokie Scholarship Fund gifts that exceed your minimum seat requirement are considered a charitable donation to a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. Again, please consult a tax advisor on the deductibility of your gift(s) .