Why the National Letterwinners Association:

Athletic alumni organizations are structured in a variety of ways. Many are structured as part of the overall Athletics Department with a staff member assigned to oversee a volunteer Board of Directors from the letterwinners organization. Some are standalone 501-c3 organizations that operate independently, but in partnership with their respective university. Others are subsets of either the Alumni Association or the Foundation of their respective University. Within each of these structures are common issues and unique challenges. NLWA recognizes these differences and adjust its annual conference programming to respect the similarities and differences of these structures.

Like any professional organization, NLWA is made up of leaders from around the country. These professionals represent colleges and universities from a variety of conferences. However, many of the country’s major Universities have played an active role in the growth and development of NLWA. These individuals and organizations are leaders in this area of Intercollegiate Athletics. Regardless of the size school you represent, many of the issues faced by letterwinners organizations are similar.With this in mind, our annual conference allows these leaders to share best practices and to make presentations on cutting edge strategies and special events that can make your organization better! You can learn from others without having to go through the trials and tribulations of starting from scratch. You can also develop lifelong friendships and networking relationships through participation in NLWA.

Building Lifelong Relationships:

Universities that dedicate efforts to engage athletic alumni, foster ongoing loyalty to support current student-athletes, coaches and capital projects. This starts from recruiting to graduation and beyond. The difference in cultivating relationships with athletic alumni from university alumni and donors is the high profile nature of intercollegiate athletics. From non-revenue sports to revenue sports, these men and women have given time, energy and sometimes endured pain and injury on behalf of the University. With considerable sacrifices and rewards, athletic alumni take away different experiences from their university than general students. 

Discussion Topics at the Annual Conference:

Topics that are discussed at the Annual Conference include, but are not limited to: dues structure, boards of directors, reunion types and reunion time lines, athletic awards, honorary membership, career nights, career and business networking, database and the collection and retention of information, NCAA compliance issues, newsletters, websites, letterwinners rooms/access policies, meeting diversity needs of current and former student-athletes, and mentoring.

Why Your University Should Be Involved In NLWA:

By attending the NLWA Annual Conference your organization will be exposed to current trends, events, and activities that are taking place with similar organizations around the country. Regardless of the length of time your letterwinners organization has been in existence or the size of your school, you will learn strategies that will benefit your organization improve the way it supports its members and supports your athletic department. No matter how good your organization may be, you can always be better! No one can understand that concept better than those involved in the ‘world’ of athletics. By attending the NLWA annual conference you will not only improve your organization, but also expand networking resources that can help your organization, school, and athletics department in numerous ways in the future. 

Looking to the Future:

One of the emerging points of emphasis for each organization is the importance of ‘real world’ value. This is where networking can be a tremendous tool. This is the opportunity that exists for our members right now! We are engaging contacts and resources from other like organizations to create one of the most powerful networking opportunities that has ever existed. Think of what this can mean for your institution and your athletic alumni, regardless of age.