The National Letterwinners Association
(NLWA) is a professional organization made up of representatives from colleges and universities from across the United States that have organizations that recognize and serve their respective athletic alumni and letterwinners. These organizations include male and female former student-athletes in all recognized NCAA sports.

The NLWA's mission is to connect organizations to better serve intercollegiate athletic alumni through collaboration. Universities and Colleges across the nation gather annually to share best practices, discuss challenges, and work through implementation strategies while adhering to the rules and regulations of the NCAA.  The annual conferences are hosted by a different University or College each year.

It is the NLWA’s opinion that for Athletic Departments to reach their full potential they must recognize and embrace athletic alumni and letterwinners in a positive manner. This belief is a significant component of a complex strategy to realize success in Intercollegiate Athletics. It is further NLWA’s belief that gathering annually as professionals to share thoughts and ideas is the best possible way to achieve the above stated goals.

The NLWA was founded by the National W Club at the University of Wisconsin in 1996. At inception, it was geared towards the Big Ten Conference institutions and original attendees were solely from Big Ten Schools. The NLWA eventually expanded and now includes, and is open to, all NCAA colleges and universities from Division I, Division II and Division III. Continue