UConn gets $1.05 million more toward practice facility

On the heels of a big $4.5 million donation UConn has received a pair of anonymous donations totaling $1.05 million for the construction of a new basketball practice facility, the school announced Friday.

Peter and Pam Werth donated the $4.5 million last month. The two donors who gave these most recent monies _ about $500,000 each _ wished to remain anonymous. The school said both of the latter are UConn alumni and longtime supporters of the athletic department.

“Our supporters continue to show their generosity and enthusiasm as we move closer to making this project a reality,” UConn interim AD Paul Pendergast said in a statement. “These individuals are dedicated supporters of our programs and truly understand the value of providing top-notch facilities so that our student-athletes can perform to the best of their abilities in both academics and athletics.”

The Basketball Development Center, as the school his calling the new facility for now, will be a 70,000-square foot facility to be located on the current Memorial Stadium site, and according to the school is the first major construction project at UConn to be funded entirely through private donations. It will feature dedicated practice gyms for the men’s and women’s basketball programs, along with locker rooms, coaches’ offices and areas for academic support, video analysis, sports medicine and strength training.



About Neill

Neill Ostrout covers the UConn men's basketball team for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. He has been a member of the "Horde" for more than 16 years.
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