Your Connection After Competition
The Iowa State Letterwinners Club provides its members the opportunity to foster and maintain relationships across different sports, generations and geographical locations. Through a strong membership, we are able to champion an environment for excellence in both competition and in the classroom. As an integral part of the Cyclone family, the Iowa State Letterwinners Club is proud to be a connection after competition for all Cyclone athletic alumni.
The Iowa State Letterwinners Club is honored to serve current and former student-athletes by:
History of how we became the Cyclones
The "Cyclones" name dates back to 1895. That year, Iowa suffered an unusually high number of devastating cyclones (as tornadoes were called at the time). In September, the football team from what was then Iowa Agricultural College traveled to Northwestern University and defeated that team by a score of 36-0. The next day, the Chicago Tribune's headline read "Struck by a Cyclone: It Comes from Iowa and Devastates Evanston Town." The article began, "Northwestern might as well have tried to play football with an Iowa cyclone as with the Iowa team it met yesterday." The nickname stuck.
Listed below are Iowa State's 20 varsity sports and the years they achieved varsity status.