The rich history of Carolina women’s athletics boasts 36 national championship titles, 39 individual national champions and four active Hall of Fame coaches. Perhaps even more impressive than this, is the inspiring collection of career paths forged by our women student-athlete alumnae. From doctors to CEOs to teachers, Carolina women have demonstrated time and again that their accomplishments in competition are just the beginning of their impact on the world.

FORevHER Tar Heels is an initiative led by The Rams Club and Carolina Athletics to celebrate and champion the women of Carolina Athletics’ past, present and future.

The Rams Club and Carolina Athletics aim to engage and activate a network of Tar Heels that will:

  • Offer opportunities to outstanding young women student-athletes to be part of the Carolina Family.
  • Provide resources for Carolina’s women’s sport programs to ensure success.
  • Participate in the development of student-athlete leaders who will impact their communities.
  • Celebrate the successes of Carolina Athletics letterwomen
  • Deliver the best student-athlete experience in the country!

We are FORevHER Tar Heels

The Community of Carolina Women's Athletics

As a charter member of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (AIAW) for Women in 1971 and the first ACC school to offer a scholarship to a woman student-athlete in 1973, Carolina has long been a leader in women’s collegiate athletics. Throughout its pioneering history, student-athletes, coaches, and administrators representing women’s athletics have positioned themselves as valuable contributors to Tar Heel history. Explore their stories below as we celebrate the history of women’s athletics at UNC and discover why the Carolina women student-athletes of today and tomorrow are relying on your support.

Providing Opportunities

SUPPORT, EXPERIENCES, AND RESOURCES

This collaborative effort will not only enhance the Carolina student-athlete experience, but will also allow alumnae and Rams Club members to invest their talents and resources in some of the most formative years of these women’s lives.

For student-athletes and coaches:

  • A powerful network of Carolina women supporting each other.
  • Female professional mentors paired with current women student-athletes.
  • Resources to enhance career networking and development.

For donors and alumnae:

  • Celebrate 50 years of successful student-athlete alumnae from 14 teams.
  • Meaningful donor engagement seeing the impact of their philanthropy in action.

Areas of Focus

ENHANCING THE CAROLINA FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE EXPERIENCE

This collaborative effort will not only enhance the Carolina student-athlete experience, but will also allow alumnae and Rams Club members to invest their talents and resources in some of the most formative years of these women’s lives.


 

Scholarships

Tar Heel student-athletes choose to attend Carolina because of what our University offers — the opportunities to play for world-class coaches and win championships, to earn a degree from a nationally-recognized institution, and to be a member of the Carolina family for the rest of their lives. Contributing to the Scholarship Endowment provides women from any background who dream of competing in Carolina blue the opportunity to receive a UNC education.

Donors to women’s athletic scholarships directly participate in the development of our women student-athletes for years to come. The FORevHER Fund will also be a recruitment tool for head coaches to bring the most talented and determined women to Chapel Hill to represent Carolina in the classroom and in competition.

ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN ANY WOMEN’S SPORT

For more information on endowed scholarships, please click here.
To learn more about endowing a scholarship, please contact Emily Stevens at estevens@ramsclub.com or 919.923.2246.

 

FORevHER TAR HEELS WOMEN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Gifts of any amount can be contributed to this fund and will be distributed to women across all 15 sports.


 

Facilities

The importance of women’s athletics at Carolina is evidenced in the world-class facilities built for our women’s programs during the Campaign for Carolina Athletics. Since 2015, UNC Athletics and The Rams Club have provided new facilities for volleyball, softball, gymnastics, field hockey, women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse and women’s track and field. With each new facility, our coaches are better armed to recruit the best and brightest to Chapel Hill.

These facilities also highlight the storied histories of the programs that call them home—from Karen Shelton Stadium, the first Carolina Athletic facility to be named for a female head coach, to Dorrance Field at the new Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium, a name that honors a man who has championed women’s athletics at UNC for over forty years and brought 22 national championships home to Carolina.

Naming opportunities remain at Karen Shelton Stadium, the new Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium and the new Track and Field Complex. While these facilities may have already opened, we still need your support to complete funding at each site. Click on each link below to read more about each facility, take a virtual tour, and make an impact.


 

Team Support

FOREVHER TAR HEELS WOMEN’S EXCELLENCE FUND

Gifts of any amount can be contributed to this fund, which will support:

  • One-on-one professional mentoring and leadership programming.
  • Immediate needs of our women’s sport programs as identified by our women’s sport head coaches.
  • Interpersonal and professional development opportunities.

 

FRIENDS ACCOUNT FOR ANY WOMEN’S SPORT

Friends accounts provide an immediate increase to coaches’ operating budgets to use at their discretion.

BADDOUR CAROLINA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

The Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy, now in its 15th year, was the first leadership development program in collegiate athletics, and since its inception, has provided a unique training platform for student-athletes to take the leadership lessons learned on the field, and apply them beyond athletic competition—preparing them to lead in their careers and in their lives post-college.

 

OPERATING ENDOWMENT FOR ANY WOMEN’S SPORT

Sports Operating Endowments allow donors to help individual teams achieve the flexibility and autonomy they need to take advantage of unique opportunities in their sport.

How to Support FORevHER Tar Heels

HOW WILL YOU CHAMPION CAROLINA’S WOMEN STUDENT-ATHLETES?

Through FORevHER Tar Heels, you can invest in Carolina’s women student-athletes by:

  • Making a gift to any area of focus.
  • Volunteering to serve as a mentor for current student-athletes.
  • Participating in a career networking event for current and former student-athletes.