Thomas University, Thomasville, GA, is creating a transition vehicle for military veterans in the form of an NAIA sanctioned college football team.
Service members learn how to function as an individual in the context of a team. Football mirrors that and it replicates the comradery of service life. Reinforcing those skills and values while veterans prepare for future careers means net zero waste.
In addition to mentoring from an all prior-service coaching staff, TU is integrating its outstanding, dually accredited, counseling program to provide both mental health and career counseling services.
Yes. The NAIA Sun Conference will sanction football and begin competing in 2022.
Army, Navy, and Air Force have NCAA D1 teams. TU Night Hawks compete at the NAIA D1 level (comparable to NCAA DII). This allows for overall greater flexibility between athletics, academics, and lifestyle — making more opportunities for more veterans to play.
Yes. Rather than “walk” on and win a spot on a conventional team, however, veterans are our first choice. As a transition program, our athletes can find purpose and finish their degrees without being the outlier in the context of a regular college football program.
We are partners with Athletes of Valor, an organization specifically dedicated to preparing active duty service members for college athletics.
Located on the Florida/Georgia line, the university is in easy proximity to 23 major military installations and 6 National Defense Industrial Association chapters.
Thomas University is the only private university offering bachelor and master degrees in South Georgia that serves both active duty and veteran students. Our Center for Military Life provides programming that supports the entire life cycle of service members through special arrangements with partners like the Community College of the Air Force and Defense Acquisition University.
Because a healthy, drug-free, educated, skilled, trained, cleared, workforce is the best investment we can make in the defense industrial base.
A lead donor has already committed $75K. Please consider making a gift, either personal or corporate. Your support will ensure that the team has the necessary equipment in time for kick-off in Fall 2022.