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Emily Jones passes the ballAs an accomplished high-school soccer player in Kansas City, Emily Jones ’20 set her sights on playing in college. She had a scholarship offer and a plan as she approached graduation, but the funding fell through at the last moment. That gave UD the opportunity to make a save.

“I read about UD online and emailed the coach; they needed a goalkeeper and I needed a place to be,” Jones said.

In early summer 2016, Jones visited campus and was greeted with a huge “Welcome Home” banner on the front arch. “I had no idea, but it was Reunion Weekend,” Jones said. “It sounds cheesy, but from the start it really did feel like home.”

Beyond this all-too-common feeling, academic and athletic scholarships — as well as UD’s athletic culture — solidified her decision to become a Dayton Flyer. 

Developing Leaders In All Arenas

“After hearing about the athletic program and environment, I just wanted to be a part of it. Between service, academics and performance on the field, a lot is expected of us,” said Jones. “And it’s worth it because that’s what it means to be a Dayton student-athlete.”

UD’s focus on developing a well-rounded student-athlete defines the caliber of our athletic programs. For academics alone, players must maintain a 3.0 GPA to keep athletic scholarships, which is well above the NCAA threshold of 2.3 to play.

This approach also prepares our student-athletes for life after college. Over 98% of NCAA athletes pursue careers beyond athletics, including Jones, who will be graduating with a degree in biochemistry, with plans either to attend graduate school or, if awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, conduct antibiotic resistance research in Sweden.

Athletes are also encouraged to be campus leaders. For example, Jones is heavily involved with PAVE, or Peers Advocating for Violence Education. In her role, she educates fellow students about power-based, personal violence on college campuses. “We talk about campus resources, being an active bystander, and tips for having fun in college, but doing it safely,” she said.

Unrestricted support to the Champions & Scholars Fund ensures that we back our student-athletes in these endeavors, while achieving athletic success. “We are always focused on winning championships,” said UD Vice President and Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan. “But it’s important for us to do it the right way, with our student-athletes at the forefront, and it only happens with donor support.”


gifts to the Champions & Scholars Fund last fiscal year.

Top 10%

in the nation for graduating student-athletes, according to the NCAA’s 2019 Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report.


Flyer teams had a perfect GSR score of 100.


Annual Giving

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