On behalf of Michigan State University, Spartan Athletics, our coaches and 25 varsity athletic teams, thank you for your generous support of our program. Our student-athletes are the core of our department and our expectations are that they will positively represent you and our university in the classroom, during preparation, and in competition. We strive to be the best in the Big Ten, CCHA, and the nation in all that we do.

As we align ourselves with the educational mission of the university, the Mission for Spartan Athletics is clear:

Our mission: We gather and engage our community to teach, support, and celebrate our student-athletes in their quest for excellence.

With this in mind, the Spartan Fund has warmly invited the friends of Michigan State University to become a part of our program and develop a relationship with our Department of Athletics. It has been their role to share our vision for excellence and to offer opportunities to invest in our student-athletes. We could not move forward without their tireless efforts, nor your generous support.

Managining our resources is one of our biggest challenges. Faced with increasing costs, our department strives toward entrepreneurial revenue sources. Spartan Athletics operates as a self-supporting auxiliary unit without funding from the state government or the unviversity's general fund. At the same time, our operations directly support the mission of the university and have a positive impact on the economy of the university and community.

As we move forward, we continue to invite and welcome all members of Michigan State University community to invest in the future of Spartan Athletics. As you learn of our vision and plans, we hope that you'll discover the vital need for your on-going involvement. Your participation is truly making a difference in the lives of our student-athletes and the Michigan State family.

Thank you and Go Green!

Mark J. Hollis
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics