About the Praying Colonels Fund

A critical factor in providing our student-athletes a high-quality "Centre Experience" is the Praying Colonels Fund. The support received from our alumni, parents, community, and friends provides key financial resources for our continuing upward trajectory. 

Our Praying Colonels Fund members can take pride in knowing they are directly impacting the lives of our nearly 600 young men and women who put on a Centre uniform. 

At Centre, athletics and recreation operates under the vision that a comprehensive liberal arts education should seek to enhance both the mind and body. We are also imparting invaluable life lessons about teamwork, servant leadership, the value of hardwork/dedication, and being a part of something bigger. 

With a winning athletic tradition and commitment to academic excellence, Centre College competes in the Southern Athletic Association - 11 sports for men and 12 for women - with more than 40 percent of the student body participating in one or more sports. In addition, Centre offers over 15 intramural sports, in which over 80 percent of our students participate. 

In the past 10 years, Centre has had 62 student-athletes named All-Americans. Two of Centre's last four Rhodes Scholars were varsity student-athletes, and three other student-athletes have won Fulbright Scholarships. 

Unrestricted gifts to the general Praying Colonels Fund will enhance the Centre Athletics Department as a whole. The general fund allows for the department to make decisions that impact all 23 sports and nearly 600 student-athletes. In recent years, the generous donations to the Praying Colonels Fund have led to facility enhancements and renovations, the creation of the Centre Athletics Awards Show, travel and uniform improvements, and much more!


Fred Vinson Society ($100)
E.A. Diddle Society ($250)
Mattie Bell Society ($500)
Cawood Ledford Society ($1,000)
Kitty Baird Society ($2,500)
Bo McMillin Society ($5,000)


Q: May you designate your qift for a specific sport or department?

A: YES! You may designate 100% of your gift to any one of our 23 intercollegiate teams, as well as to any of the following functions within the department: Communications, Athletic Training, Cheerleading, Dance Team, or Intramurals/Recreations. 

Q: Does giving to the Praying Colonels Fund count to the college's giving levels? 

A: YES! Any gift to the Praying Colonels Fund will count toward becoming a member of the Colonels Club, the Centre Associates, and the Lifetime Giving Societies. 

Q: Can you make a gift online?

A: YES! You can make a gift online! CLICK HERE 

Have additional questions? Contact: 

Andrew Gavin '06
Associate AD for Advancement and External Relations