Parents as Partners

A Vital Partnership


As parents, you have been an integral part of your child’s athletic success over the years. At WashU, parents continue to make a difference and are essential partners in providing a championship experience.

Together, we share a commitment to our student-athletes’ success. Our goal is to ensure every student-athlete has extraordinary opportunities that allow them to excel as competitors, students, and leaders.

The athletics experience at Washington University is elevated by the generosity of parents, alumni and friends who support our mission to help student-athletes reach their fullest potential by providing an unrivaled education and competitive experience. Annual giving enables WashU Athletics to foster the development of student-athletes as they pursue excellence throughout their lives. 

Engagement Opportunities

Serve as a WashU Athletics ambassador

  • Host an athletics reception in your community
  • Welcome families of new student-athletes
  • Tell others about your experience
  • Attend games or contests 

Foster student-athlete development

  • Host a team meal
  • Offer career and internship mentoring
  • Facilitate paid internships and career opportunities for student-athletes
  • Share your knowledge and experience with students

Invest in the student-athlete experience 

  • Support the Annual Fund for Athletics
  • Establish an endowed enhancement fund


Washington University parents are partners in the student-athlete experience, and we have a shared interest in our student-athletes’ success, both academically and athletically. As the biggest fans of the Bears, we encourage you to engage with the university community to enhance your Washington University experience. Athletics Alumni & Developmentstaff members serve as liaisons for you with the Department of Athletics, helping to facilitate engagement opportunities and empower families who wish to make an impact on the Bears experience.

Please visit our Parent Resources page for general campus resources.