The Mendota Gridiron Club, Inc. is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization and athletic booster club whose sole purpose is to support Wisconsin football and to raise contributions (in cash and in kind) for the University of Wisconsin football program.


The Mendota Gridiron Club, incorporated in 1979, originated as the Mendota Association in 1949. From the original small group of strong and loyal Wisconsin football fans, the club has grown to exceed 1,700 members. Today, members have the opportunity to assist the football staff in continuing the successful program established in recent years.

Any individual may become a member of the Mendota Gridiron Club, Inc. by contributing money, material or services needed and requested by the Athletic Department for the football program. All contributions (cash or in kind) entitle the contributor to membership status for the calendar year in which the contribution is made.

How Do I Join?

Any individual who makes a contribution to the Athletic Department and designates “Football” is considered a member of the Mendota Gridiron Club. Please note that unrestricted gifts tied to football preferred seating do not entitle an individual to membership in the Mendota Gridiron Club. All contributions made in support of Wisconsin Athletics, including those made to the Football Fund, count toward Athletic Department annual giving levels and related ticket, parking and special event benefits.

A Message From Coach Chryst

Photo of Paul Chryst

It is great to be back at Wisconsin! I am honored and humbled to be the head coach of the Badgers. I grew up with this special football program and was fortunate enough to be a part of it as both a player and assistant coach.

From my experiences at UW I understand how important the Mendota Gridiron Club is and the impact it has on our program. I already personally know a number of the members and look forward to meeting more as the season approaches. Your dedication to Badger football is truly amazing.

With the support of the Mendota Gridiron Club, we are able to give our student-athletes a world-class experience at the University of Wisconsin. One of the major changes I observed when I arrived back on campus and Coach Alvarez gave me a tour was how impressive the facilities are in and around Camp Randall Stadium. Though I was only gone for three years, the results of the renovations were remarkable. A lot of that credit is due to the dedication of people and donors like yourselves.

My staff and I are extremely excited to get started preparing for the 2015 season. The bar has been set high at Wisconsin and we look forward to meeting that challenge. Coming off a tremendous 11-win season that included a Big Ten West Division title, our players are looking to build off the momentum of the Outback Bowl win over Auburn.

We preach to our players about being smart, tough and dependable and we are dedicated to having a program that all can be proud of both on and off the field. Like every season, there will be a mixture of familiar faces and new names. As coaches, the fun part of each season is seeing how those two groups mesh and develop. That process has already started.

I can’t wait to step back onto the field at Camp Randall this fall. Football Saturdays in Madison are truly special days. Another special opportunity for us will be when we kick off the season on Sept. 5 against Alabama at AT&T Stadium in Texas. It will be a national showcase for our program and hopefully a number of you can make the trip to help cheer us on.

Thank you for your continued support of the Badgers and our student-athletes. It is truly appreciated.

On, Wisconsin!

Paul Chryst
Head Football Coach