College sports mirror life in many ways: highs, lows, excitement, disappointment, passion. Like most of you, NCAA athletic departments receive gifts. Unlike you, they sometimes receive really, really big gifts. Via a press release from Duke, the school’s athletic department has received a $10 million gift from Dr. Steven and Rebecca Scott, the school announced this week.
Here is an excerpt of the press release:
The gift will help support the activities and programs in a new 35,000-square-foot building that will house ticket offices, a team store, offices for department personnel, training rooms and an expanded weight room for Olympic sport programs. The three-level, state-of-the-art facility, to be located next to the existing Murray Building on Whitford Drive, will be used by more than 600 student-athletes.
“Athletics are a highly visible way to signal Duke’s commitment to excellence,” said Duke President Richard H. Brodhead in a prepared statement. “We’re grateful to the Scott family for their strong support of such an important part of the Duke student experience.”
“The tremendous generosity of Steven and Rebecca Scott for this magnificent investment is, in fact, unmatched in the history of Duke Athletics,” said athletic director Kevin White. “The pavilion and athletics center will impact all Duke student-athletes and staff directly. The facility will serve as a showplace for the standards of excellence exhibited throughout the entire institution.
“To be sure, we often discuss ‘The Duke Decision’ in regards to the young men and women who choose to attend Duke. We sincerely thank Steven and Rebecca for making that same decision — one that will last for years to come on this campus,” White added.
Last month, Duke announced the launch of a $3.25 billion university-wide fundraising campaign, Duke Forward, which will support priorities across Duke’s 10 schools, Duke Medicine and a range of university programs. Included in the campaign is a $250 million goal for Duke Athletics to be divided three ways — facility enhancements and support ($100 million), endowment income ($50 million) and operating funds ($100 million).
In addition to the pavilion and athletics center, planned projects include the renovation and enhancement of Wallace Wade Stadium and Cameron Indoor Stadium, and a new track and field stadium.
Among other improvements, bigger and better athletic facilites should help the Blue Devils with recruiting.