All 20 NCAA Division I athletic teams at Liberty University have legacy gift needs beyond the Annual Fund campaign. Legacy gifts provide naming rights opportunities for the improvement of existing facilities or the construction of new ones. These gifts receive double loyalty points, but they do not count toward Flames Club Annual Fund membership levels. Gifts serve to benefit the Athletics Capital Fund and may be pledged and paid over five years. Since no tangible benefits are received outside of naming opportunities, legacy gifts may be considered 100 percent tax deductible (see your tax advisor).
Friends of Liberty Athletics have the opportunity to leave a permanent legacy at Williams Stadium by having one of 19 archway gates in the south colonnade named in their honor. For a gift of $50,000, donors can have their names carved into the concrete, or instead honor or memorialize a loved one. There is also the opportunity to name the larger Gate 1 for a gift of $500,000.
Williams Stadium Archway Gate Campaign
Men of Armor Football Alumni Weight Room Campaign
Liberty football alumni and others are encouraged to support the $250,000 campaign to name the new weight room in the bottom floor of the renovated Williams Football Operations Center (FOC) in honor of the Men of Armor ministry. The evangelistic ministry of Liberty’s football and strength programs was started in the 1970’s and continued into the 1990’s. Donors have the opportunity to have something in the FOC named in their honor, and gifts begin at $2,000 to name a locker. The campaign was launched by a pledged dollar-for-dollar match up to $125,000 by former Liberty football player Richard Osborne (`79).
Worthington Field Campaign
A $500,000 campaign is underway to name the Liberty Baseball Stadium field in honor former head coach Al Worthington (1974-86), the program’s all-time winningest coach. The campaign was made possible by Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, who permitted the field to be named for Worthington for half of the original designated value, meaning the university is effectively matching contributions up to the $500,000 campaign goal. A lead gift has been secured by former players David Benham (’98) and Jason Benham (’98). Baseball alumni and others contributing to the campaign can have a space named in their honor at Liberty Baseball Stadium, with gifts beginning at the $2,000 level to name a locker.
Interested parties should contact the Flames Club at 434-582-CLUB (2582) or FlamesClub@liberty.edu.