The No. 19 Georgetown Hoyas basketball program got a boost today when it was announced the university’s athletics department received its largest s single gift ever, a $5 million commitment from Edward and Irene Shaw.
The Shaws earmarked $4 million of their gift to the construction of an 144,000-square-foot intercollegiate athletics center, a new facility that will provide Georgetown’s 750 student-athletes with practice gymnasiums, an academic center, and spaces for strength and conditioning, sports medicine and additional locker rooms.
It will be the first new athletics facility built on campus in more than 60 years. The remaining $1 million will be used to upgrade the soccer field, which will be renamed Shaw Field.
The upgrades in on-campus facilities will aid the Hoyas in recruiting, allowing them to compete with colleges that have similar facilities for student athletes. The South Florida Bulls unveiled their new Muma Center last year and Coach Stan Heath considers the new facilities essential for recruiting.
“Georgetown is deeply grateful to Ed and Irene for their many contributions to our community throughout the years and for their ongoing commitment to our Athletics programs,” President John J. DeGioia said. “As a university in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition, we are committed to the ‘care of the whole person’—to providing our students with the resources necessary for becoming their very best selves. Athletics are one of the most significant ways in which we can provide this support.”
Ed Shaw and three of his five children graduated from Georgetown.
“Irene and I have always been firm believers in the value of intercollegiate athletics to gather our community, build school spirit and enhance the undergraduate experience—not only the team members but also for their classmates and friends,” Shaw said. “Our commitment reinforces this belief, along with the value of nationally competitive programs to enhance Georgetown University for now and years to come.”
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