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.
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.
I can’t thank you, the Mendota Gridiron Club, enough for your support over the last 12 months. I had believed Wisconsin to be a special place when I took this job, and now I know how special it really is. Part of it is the tremendous support our program receives from people like you.
You support Mendota because you care about the University of Wisconsin and about these great young men we as a football staff have the opportunity to coach. Because of your support and donations, we were able to purchase iPads for every single player on our team. This helps our kids to be more productive in the classroom and on the football field. Your support has also contributed to the new facilities that help us take care of the kids in our program and helps us recruit at the highest level.
The past season our team had success not only on the football field, but also in the academic and social worlds. The opportunity to play in a January 1st bowl game is special and the Capital One Bowl was a great experience for our players. But it is not enough, and we will continue to work to compete at the highest level and win football games and win bowl games. In the classroom, our team has achieved the two highest GPAs in program history in these last two semesters. In the community, they have given more than 1,500 hours of service, by far the most of any UW team.
Academically, socially and athletically our kids performed. Those are the 3 pillars of our program. But we can do better and we are excited for the future of Wisconsin football. We have a tremendous staff who work hard and work well together. We have a great core of returning players, and an exciting class of newcomers that will work hard to represent you and the University of Wisconsin the right way.
The first quarter of the 2014 season has begun. Winter conditioning is officially underway and I’m excited for the months ahead as we develop the players in our program in preparation for LSU in Houston on a national stage. I hope to see many of you there. I am equally as excited to step back on the field at Camp Randall to watch our kids play in front of you where we have the best college game day in the country!
Thank you for your continued support of our program and of these kids. It’s because of them that we are all here and we are all fortunate to be a part of the Wisconsin Football Family.
Head Football Coach