Initial Goal Reached, Vandy United Begins Next Chapter
Campaign’s Dare to Grow phase builds on historic response that reached initial $300 million goal
Vanderbilt University today announced that the ongoing Vandy United campaign achieved its initial $300 million fundraising goal. This first phase represents the largest campaign in the history of Vanderbilt athletics and ushers in a new era of historic investment in student-athletes and the athletics experience.
“I’m so grateful to Commodore Nation for giving us the opportunity to begin a new chapter of the Vandy United story through the university’s Dare to Grow campaign,” said Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director. “Two years ago, we asked for our community’s trust. We asked alumni and supporters to trust a vision for the future—a vision not just of new facilities but of hope, optimism and what is possible for Vanderbilt Athletics. Commodore Nation willingly extended us that faith. Thanks to the generosity of so many, we reached the campaign’s bold initial goal. Now it’s time to double down. As the university launches the comprehensive and transformational Dare to Grow campaign, I’m excited for Athletics to keep leading the way. Even as we see the future begin to take shape around us, the next chapter of Vandy United only strengthens our commitment to creating the best student-athlete and fan experience in college sports.”
An integral part of Vanderbilt’s recently launched $3.2 billion Dare to Grow campaign, the largest in the university’s 150-year history, Vandy United’s next phase looks to build on its foundation with more facilities and operational enhancements. These include a major announcement coming soon about enhancements to Hawkins Field, home of Coach Tim Corbin’s two-time national champion VandyBoys.
“Vandy United’s successful first phase illustrated what is possible when our global Vanderbilt community joins together in common purpose, and I look forward to the next chapter as we come together to reach the goals of our Dare to Grow campaign,” Chancellor Daniel Diermeier said. “As we witnessed most recently when our bowling team won the national championship for the third time, athletics and the pursuit of competitive excellence has a rare ability to unite and inspire communities. By fostering this spirit of One Vanderbilt, bringing together the best and brightest to make each other better, Vandy United and the Dare to Grow campaign empower our student-athletes and university to rise to the challenges of a new century.”