Indiana State University Athletics started the Step-Up Initiative this week. The initiative is designed to recover revenue that was lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“COVID-19 has brought many challenges that we continue to manage each and every day within our department,” said Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales. “We ask our Sycamore faithful to step up in providing our student athletes and coaches with the necessary tools to compete.”

Due to guidelines placed by the NCAA during the summer, fall sports have either been cancelled or moved to the spring.

“Here at Indiana State, COVID-19 has come at a cost,” said Baseball Head Coach Mitch Hannahs. “We’re facing lost revenue from conference distribution, ticket sales, sponsorship dollars, football game guarantees, and athletic donations while also incurring unexpected expenses.”

The guidelines created by the NCAA have not only delayed fall sports, but the NCAA has also put safety protocols in place for sports practices that are ongoing during the fall.

“Recently, the NCAA provided guidelines and safety standards in order to properly protect our student athletes and community at large,” said 2012 ISU Hall of Fame athlete Melanie Boeglin. “The impact has been felt by all universities across the country and each program here at ISU.”

To offset extra expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ISU Athletics Department created the Step-Up Initiative.

“Funds raised during the Step-Up Initiative will go into the General Athletic Fund. The funds will be used for the most crucial needs and area of the athletic department,” said a press release from the Athletics Department. “This year these funds will be used to cover the extra costs endured because of COVID-19 such as COVID testing, PPE, and other safety precautions to keep our student-athletes, coaches, and staff members safe.”

The Step-Up Initiative is set to continue for the rest of the 2020 and 2021 school year. In addition, donations to the initiative can be made on the website, calling a phone number or sending the gift by mail.

“In addition to making a gift on the website, you may also do so over the phone by calling 812.237.6134, or by mailing a check to; Indiana State University Foundation, 30 N. 5th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47809,” said the press release.

Despite the loss of revenue, sport programs and the entire athletics staff have been maintained.

“Through it all, our university has shown great resilience,” said Hannahs. “We have maintained our entire staff and sport programs while continuing to provide our coaches and student athletes with the same care and resources needed to compete.”