Group shot of all of Saint Mary's Athletes from FY 19-20

Helping Our Student Athletes Achieve More 

Formerly known as the Cardinal ‘M’ Club, the Cardinal Excellence Fund represents the annual fundraising effort in support of Saint Mary's University athletics. The new name more accurately reflects the work Saint Mary’s does every day in developing our student-athletes on a personal, professional, and competitive level.




Why is the Cardinal Excellence Fund Important?

The Cardinal Excellence Fund is fundamental to providing an excellent experience for our student-athletes. As the philanthropic arm of the Saint Mary's sports program, it provides for valuable enhancements above what the program normally provides. This includes opportunities such as:  

  • being able to purchase higher quality gear and training equipment
  • booking more direct travel options that allow students to stay in classes longer before and after travelling to away games
  • Allowing students to participate in competitions outside the conference that enhance their skills and endurance

Finally, the Cardinal Excellence Fund acts as a kind of safety net, because it can  provide immediate and flexible funds should unexpected costs arise, such as having to move a game to another location because of recent weather-related damage. The more support available, the more of these opportunities we can partake in, and the more our student athletes benefit.

You will still have the option to support the athletics program as a whole, or direct your gift to a specific sport. However you choose to give, your gifts will continue to make a tremendous impact on our more than 350 student athletes by helping them achieve more, both athletically and academically.

Go Cardinals!

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