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For Fairfield to remain competitive in recruiting the best student-athletes and to maintain a quality experience for our Division I teams, the Fairfield University Athletics department relies on the support of our Friends of Fairfield Athletics groups.
Volunteers can make an impact financially or volunteer their time to help our student-athletes achieve success on the playing field and in the classroom. To inquire about available Friends Group roles or to find out how you can become a Friends Group President, please email Rachel Kavanagh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016-17 Friends Group Presidents
|Bob Berchem||'62||Men’s Basketball|
|Paul Caulfield||’02||Men’s Lacrosse|
|Don Duncan||P’18||Varsity Swimming & Diving|
|Rob McMahon||’87||Men’s Soccer|
|John Mullen||’06||Men’s & Women’s Rowing|
|Justin Rindos||’05||Varsity Cross Country|
2016-17 Friends Board Members
|Kristen D’Alessandro Dee||’08|
Men’s & Women’s Golf
Men’s & Women’s Rowing
Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
NCAA Booster Information
- Fairfield University, by virtue of its membership with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), is responsible for ensuring complete compliance of all constituencies (e.g., University staff, student-athletes, alumni and friends) with all NCAA Rules and Regulations. Our compliance program exists to facilitate and ensure compliance with institutional, conference and NCAA regulations. Guidelines established by these governing bodies provide a framework for fair competition, good sportsmanship and responsible behavior.
- Fairfield University has a strong commitment to rules compliance. In that regard you are asked to assist the institution in ensuring compliance. If you have any questions, or need clarification regarding NCAA Rules and Regulations, please contact Joe Klauder, Assistant Athletics Director/Compliance at 203-254-4000, ext. 3466 or by email.
You are a “Representative of Athletic Interest” or “Booster” if:
- Are or ever have been a member of a particular sports support group at Fairfield
- Have ever made a donation to Fairfield University’s athletic programs or athletics booster organizations
- Have ever assisted in the recruitment of prospects
- Have ever assisted in providing any benefit to enrolled student-athletes or their families
- Have ever been involved otherwise in promoting Fairfield University’s athletic programs
- Once you have become a booster, you will retain that identity forever, even if you no longer contribute to the athletic programs.
Definitions to Note
- Prospective Student-Athlete (PSA): A student who has started classes in the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally.
- Student-Athlete: A student whose enrollment was solicited by a member of the athletics staff or other representative of Fairfield athletics interest with a view toward the student’s participation in the intercollegiate athletic team.
- Contact: A face-to-face encounter between a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete’s parents, relatives or legal guardian(s) and an institutional staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange or a greeting.
- Recruiting: Any solicitation of a PSA or PSA’s relatives by an institutional staff member or by a representative of the institution’s athletics interests for the purpose of securing the prospective student-athlete’s enrollment and participation in the institution’s intercollegiate athletic program.
- Extra Benefit: Any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletic interest to provide a student-athlete or student-athlete’s relative or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can boosters contact prospects to encourage them to attend Fairfield?
No. Any such contact could result in the prospect being declared ineligible to participate in Fairfield athletics. Recruiting contact must be made by countable coaches.
May a booster attend a public event (e.g., high school awards banquet) at which prospects are present?
Yes, as long as they do not make contact with the prospect or his/her families nor attempt to recruit the prospect.
What extra benefits are prohibited for current student-athletes, prospects, their relatives and friends?
Prohibited benefits include (and are not limited to) the following:
- Cash or loans
- Promise of employment after graduation
- Special discounts
- Employment of relatives or friends of prospects
- Use of an automobile,
- Providing transportation to and from a summer job or other site
- Co-signing a loan
- A loan or gift or money or other tangible items (clothing, jewelry, etc.)
- Free or reduced-cost housing arrangements
- Entertainment costs on or off campus
- Educational expenses
- Summer camp registration
Is it permissible for a booster to reimburse the coach of a prospect for transportation expenses incurred while taking the prospect to visit a campus?
No. This would be an improper benefit and may not be provided.
Is it permissible for a booster to provide transportation to or from campus or free admission to an Athletics event on or off Fairfield’s campus to prospects, their friends or relatives?
No. This is an improper benefit and would jeopardize the prospect’s eligibility.