The Z-Fund is the organization through which alumni, parents, friends, faculty and businesses can provide vital financial support to the student-athletes which comprise the 18 Intercollegiate Athletic Programs at the University of Akron.
Money generated from the Z-Fund helps with the following:
- Student-Athlete Scholarships - The total bill for our 225 student-athlete scholarships for this upcoming year will be approximately $7,325,000.
- Team Traveling Expenses - teams are traveling more often and further distances to compete against the best Division I programs in the country.
- Athletic Resources and Equipment - Our athletic programs are constantly in need of new team uniforms, warm-ups, sports specific equipment, medical treatment, etc.
Membership into the Z-Fund means you are not only supporting Akron Athletics, but you are now a part of the team
To create enthusiasm for our teams and to further develop donor relations, we will host over 100 events a year that include pre- and post-game functions, golf outings, special milestone celebrations, All-Sports Reunions, spring and fall socials, meet-the-coach opportunities, bowl and post-season competition arrangements and events, etc.
All donors receive email updates of noteworthy events and deadlines.
Tickets and Parking
Donors to the Z-Fund receive priority seating and parking for home and away athletic events for many of our varsity sports.
The Future of Akron Athletics
The Z-Fund coordinates the fund-raising efforts for annual giving, planned gifts, and the endowment for the long-term success of Zips Athletics.