Crusaders Football is an exciting addition to Madonna’s strong athletics program that will attract new students, provide student-athletes with a quality education, build school spirit, be fun for the entire family, and offer our neighbors a local football team to cheer.
The Crusaders will compete in the Mid-States Football Association Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The inaugural season begins in the Fall of 2020. Some 60-plus student-athletes were recruited and began their studies in the Fall of 2019. The coaching staff plans to have 140 players on the team by the start of the 2020 inaugural football season.
Launching a football program and equipping a team to take the field requires a substantial investment in weight-training facilities, locker rooms, uniforms, equipment, and other items. Currently, Madonna is adding a weight room and related athletic training center at the renovated Performing Arts, Athletic, and Academic Center (PAAAC), located just south of the Madonna Athletic Complex on Newburgh Road.
Investing in facilities and equipment will help Crusaders student-athletes prepare physically, as well as mentally.
This is a great opportunity for you to join the Madonna football fan base, to help bring a weight room, athletic training center, and locker rooms to fruition. Take part in the "adopt-a-player" campaign, with a gift of $1,500 or more, to help fully equip a player for competition, and we’ll provide you a Crusaders fan jersey. Make a $1,000 Champion gift and we’ll give you a mini-Crusaders football helmet. MVP gifts of $500 will receive an insulated travel mug, and Captain-level gifts of $250 will receive a window decal.
Head Football Coach Herb Haygood brings a wealth of collegiate coaching experience to the Crusaders. He has coached four All-Americans, 11 all-conference, and 22 academic all-conference selections in addition to 13 players who have been drafted or signed as free agents in the National Football League. “I'm humbled and looking forward to inspiring our student-athletes to be men of character, motivate them to be their best, and support them in their academic, athletic, and life goals,” said Haygood. Learn more about the football program here: Madonna Crusaders Football
Crusaders Football Raffle Tickets are $10 each, or three for $25. The drawing will be April 24, at 1 p.m., you need not be present to win. To purchase raffle tickets, visit www.mucrusaders.com/footballraffle.
Top prize is a 2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty Motorcycle, donated by Dick Scott Freedom Powersports, for the Campaign for Crusader Football raffle. The second prize is a Traeger Pro 20 pellet grill from Great Lakes Ace Hardware and a $250 gift certificate from Larry's Foodland, and the third prize is a Barry Sanders autographed helmet donated by Pro Sports Zone.
For Ticket Package information and to purchase tickets visit mucrusaders.com/gameday