Progress on the Virginia Athletics Master Plan continues and Friday the University announced a major donation to the project. UVA President Jim Ryan announced during the the Board of Visitors meeting Friday that alumnus Ramon W. Breeden Jr. has given $50 million to be evenly divided between funding for the McIntire Expansion Project and the Virginia Athletics Master Plan.
When combined with $25 million in matching funds for the McIntire project, the gift will have a total impact of $75 million. Breeden graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce in 1956.
The major donation provides a boost for the Athletics Master Plan, which will serve the football team and more than 750 student-athletes from other sports. A new 90,000 square foot Football Operations Center will serve as the home the UVA football program, while the Olympic Sports Center will provide new locations for teams such as soccer, lacrosse, and more. The plan also will include the Center for Citizen Leaders and Sports Ethics.
“The Virginia Athletics Master Plan will redefine how UVA educates student-athletes,” Williams said in this UVA Today article. “Ray’s transformative gift helps us accomplish our mission to provide world-class facilities and support for our students as they study to achieve academic excellence, develop the necessary skills to become citizen leaders for tomorrow and train to compete for championships. He truly understands what it takes to provide the very best accommodations for our students.”
“UVA is the heart and soul of my education. It was truly the pinnacle of my education,” Breeden said in the UVA Today article. “The McIntire School prepared me to go toe-to-toe with Ivy League graduates. UVA’s business school didn’t just teach me about business practices, the school also taught me to have the confidence to speak. I learned how to be actionable in business because of my time at McIntire. In addition, I am an avid fan of many sports and believe they play a crucial role in teaching and promoting camaraderie.”
That announcement was welcomed news on the day UVA is set to take on Maryland in football for the first time since 2013. The Hoos and Terps square off at 7 p.m. in College Park. Vegas listed Maryland as an early favorite with the line remaining in double digits all week.
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