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Impact: Dollars at Work

Taylor Nelson

Former Football Player • Vancouver, WA

“I feel so blessed that I have had the opportunity to be part of the T-Bird community. The progress that has been made in all aspects of the program since I got here has been incredible. That progress has been made possible by the wonderful coaches, staff, and donors like you. I really appreciate the support that has helped me realize my dream of playing college football.”

Impact: TI


Since the creation of the Thunderbird Athletic Foundation in 2016, Southern Utah Athletics has:

  • Hired additional full-time assistant coaches in soccer, softball, volleyball, and women’s basketball

  • Added full-time head coaches for both men’s and women’s tennis

  • Created an academic support unit for our student-athletes, including three full-time staff members

  • Grew our athletic training staff from three full-time trainers to five full-time trainers

  • Added a sports psychologist to support our student-athletes’ mental well-being

  • Increased our sports performance staff from two full-time coaches to three full-time coaches and multiple interns

  • Added a sports nutritionist to ensure our student-athletes are fueling their bodies in optimal ways

  • Enhanced travel for all 17 sport programs

  • Renovated locker rooms for multiple athletic programs

  • Renovated Academic Excellence Center

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