UNCG volleyball is known for its vocal fans, giving the team a boost at key moments. One such fan, James Dutton, with a $1.6 million planned gift, will help turn the volleyball program into a perennial power.
$1.1 million of the planned gift will establish the James Dutton Endowed Scholarships in Volleyball, providing two full-cost-of attendance scholarships annually for members of the UNCG Women’s Volleyball team. $450,000 of the planned gift is designated for a UNCG Volleyball Enrichment Fund. $50,000 will support the UNCG Volleyball team’s operating budget.
UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. said, “James Dutton’s generous support – as a longtime enthusiastic fan and magnanimous benefactor – is lighting the way for women’s volleyball and Spartan Athletics.”
This $1.6 million commitment marks the largest gift by one donor in UNCG Athletics history. “I have seen this volleyball program grow. I’ve admired its tenacity and passion for winning,” Dutton said. Despite being picked to finish last, UNCG volleyball emerged as a fierce competitor in 2021-2022, finishing first. Now, they are motivated to prove themselves again.
Coach Corey Carlin says, “We have a fantastic group of returners who experienced what it takes to win a championship, so their leadership for the new players will be huge.”
Learn more about James Dutton’s planned gift here.