Physical Excellence

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Executive Summary

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (NMCMS) serves as a competition venue for several of Navy’s varsity and club athletic programs, a gathering place for alumni and sports enthusiasts and a sacred memorial for those who have honorably served our country in the Navy and Marine Corps. It symbolizes the Naval Academy and the Naval Academy Athletic Association’s commitment to fulfilling the physical mission of the Academy at the highest level across the entire Brigade of Midshipmen.

Major Events Hosted at NMCMS Besides Navy Athletic Events:

  • USNA Graduation
  • The Military Bowl beginning in 2013
  • NCAA lacrosse playoffs and women’s lacrosse final
  • 100-plus external events per year

Total Visitors Per Year: approximately 500,000

Phase IV of NMCMS represents the centerpiece of the Physical Mission capital priorities of Plan 2020. These renovations are intended to prepare the facility and the Naval Academy for the football program’s entrance into the American Athletic Conference (formerly the BIG EAST Conference) in the fall of 2015.

Physical Mission Center for Academic and Athletic Excellence
Executive Summary

The Naval Academy prepares outstanding young men and women to become warriors ready to serve and lead in the Navy and the Marine Corps—a mission that makes the cultivation of athletic prowess and physical abilities a key component of the midshipman experience. The Academy’s future Physical Mission Center for Academic and Athletic Excellence will celebrate the achievements of Navy’s student-athletes, recognizing the vital ways that the Academy’s commitment to physical mission helps instill qualities in these young men and women that contribute to their succesful leadership in the fleet, the business world, and in service to their communities. The Center will be located in Ricketts Hall, home to the Naval Academy Athletic Association, and its close proximity to the Academy’s main entrance and Armel-Leftwich Visitors’ Center will ensure that nearly all of the approximately 1.5 million annual visitors to the Academy will have an opportunity to learn more about the rich heritage, storied past and promising future of Navy Athletics and its midshipmen student-athletes.

Planned features include:

  • A 360-degree immersion video and graphics gallery
  • N* Gallery celebrating Navy’s historic rivalry with the U.S. Military Academy
  • Football Hall of Honor
  • All Sports Hall of Honor
  • Legacy of Excellence Scholar-Athlete Exhibit
  • Grand Reception Hall
  • Executive Board Room
  • Catering and Event Facilities

Fund for Athletic Excellence
e Summary

Accomplishing the Naval Academy’s Physical Mission requires significant annual support for Athletic Excellence as broadly defined. The unrestricted nature of these funds and the agility with which they can be allocated makes them a uniquely valuable resource for achieving strategic goals for the physical development of midshipmen.

The Fund for Athletic Excellence supports four instrumental areas:

Outstanding Leadership:  Recruitment and retention of coaches who understand and support the Academy mission while fielding successful teams that represent the Academy to a national audience.  Our coaches must also recruit a special type of student-athlete whose educational priorities are much broader than the typical Division I student-athlete.

Operational Support:  Covers resources that contribute to the creation and sustainment of a winning environment, including equipment and technology, nutritional supplements that aid in muscle growth and recovery, and expanded competition opportunities that enhance the student-athlete experience.

General Physical Mission Support: The Naval Academy Athletic Association provides competitive non-varsity intercollegiate athletic opportunities via a robust, 14-team club sports program. Athletic excellence support provides broad-based club sports that are gender-equitable and positively impact the lives of midshipmen.

Facilities Enhancement:
The Naval Academy’s athletic facilities benefit significantly from private philanthropic support. While larger-scale projects are typically the product of specific appeals, the Fund for Athletic Excellence often helps to provide start-up funding for capital projects or aesthetic enhancements to facilities that benefit the entire Brigade of Midshipmen.