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BYU Athletics

December 2022

Athletic facilities.
Courtesy BYU Photo: Nate Edwards


It’s almost always game day somewhere! During the athletic year, you can find your BYU Cougars competing against the very best nearly every day (barring Sunday, of course). But with the cost of travel, accommodations, facility maintenance, events, and nutrition, operating a full NCAA Division I athletics program is no small feat. 

“We work hard to be the best stewards we can be of the resources we’re blessed with,” says BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe. “Your generous contributions support our teams and our student-athletes and help make dreams come true.”  

Since BYU Athletics does not receive a tithing allotment from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ticket sales, donations, and television contracts provide much-needed revenue to keep the program competitive and successful.  

Holmoe adds, “Thank you for believing in us, for cheering for us, and for being there for us every step of the way.”

Whittni Orton, Conner Mantz, Courtney Wayment, and Ashton Riner
BYU’s 2021–22 National Champions: Whittni Orton, cross country (top left); Conner Mantz, cross country (top right); Courtney Wayment, the indoor 5,000 meters and the outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase (bottom left); and Ashton Riner, javelin (bottom right). Wayment also set an NCAA record in the steeplechase, and Riner’s is the first-ever javelin national championship for a BYU athlete.

A Few Facts about BYU Athletics

19 NCAA Division I Teams



25–30% of total Athletics funding comes from donations  

254.7 total athletic scholarships allowed by the NCAA  

140 fully endowed full- or partial-tuition scholarships  

146 annually funded full- or partial-tuition scholarships  

600+ student-athletes each get a “fuel card” good for a daily meal and snacks  

12 on-campus facilities for training BYU student-athletes and teams 

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