Elevate Her was created to provide the resources necessary for Virginia Tech women student-athletes to have an experience that is unparalleled. This fund helps meet the greatest needs of each Hokie women’s team and generates leadership development opportunities that benefit over 240 women student-athletes.

From winter and summer scholarships to enhanced nutrition and sport performance technologies, Elevate Her supplies a platform to uplift, empower, and encourage our women as they chase their athletic and academic dreams. This initiative is built to pursue the pillars of Championships, Equity, and Leadership.

Tremendous progress has been made throughout the first half century of Title IX. And now, Hokie Nation, it’s time to Elevate Her for The Next 50.


Elevate Her was created to connect passionate Hokies to our women’s athletics programs in order to:

  • Provide opportunities for women student-athletes to study and compete at the highest level during their time in Blacksburg.
  • Generate equity and advance women’s sports and the mission of developing lifelong champions.
  • Cultivate student-athlete personal and professional growth through leadership development training.
  • Celebrate the growing history of success of Virginia Tech women student-athletes.
  • Create the greatest student-athlete experience in the nation!


Hokies can make a profound impact by supporting the Virginia Tech women’s program of their choice. All gifts go directly to the selected sport in order to meet the programs’ greatest needs, as determined by each respective head coach. Operational needs for Hokie women’s programs include:

  • Recruiting and travel expenses to attract the highest-caliber talent to Blacksburg.
  • Sport performance technology that provides key metrics to help the Hokies reach the next level.
  • International tours to provide a transformational leadership development experience and global competition against national teams.
  • Scholarship support for student-athletes to enroll in summer and winter classes.

Support for our women’s athletic programs allows our teams to compete for championships in an unmatched environment for growth and excellence.

Being a female student-athlete at Virginia Tech means I get to be the best version of myself on and off the court. In the future, I would love to see more support for our females, with bigger crowds at matches and more people being engaged.


Tamara Barad-Itzhaki

Women's Tennis