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UM gets $5 million for academic center for athletes; offers ticket promotion

The University of Miami officially announced today the $5 million donation it has received toward its proposed$13.6 million center for athletic excellence.

The donation from the Ted & Todd Schwartz Family Foundation will help the university build the Theodore G. Schwartz and Todd G. Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence. The center, which will expand and upgrade the campus’ Hecht Athletic Center, is aimed at addressing the academic needs of UM’s student-athletes.

It is to include an academic center with classrooms, computer, math and science technology labs; a sports medicine facility with hydrotherapy pools, private exam rooms and rehab space; and a football locker room. A gallery of champions will feature the school’s national championship trophies and rings.

“Ted & Todd Schwartz’s gift ensures our future ability to sustain athletic excellence in this age of continued facility growth and enhancement throughout the college athletics landscape,” UM Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement. “Our mission is to be the best in the country and the Schwartz commitment has furthered our ability to remain at the top of the college athletics world. This transformational donation provides the momentum to ensure the Center Athletic Excellence becomes a reality.”

The Schwartzes aren't strangers to giving to UM. In 1999, the family donated a "transformational gift" to help build the M. Christine Schwartz Center for Nursing Education, which houses UM's School of Nursing and Health Studies.

"We are thrilled to be a part of the tradition of excellence and great athletic accomplishments at the University of Miami," Ted Schwartz said in a statement. "We are also very proud of the academic standards that the U has achieved and maintained. We are confident the U's athletic and academic performance will continue and increase with the opening of the new athletic facility."

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are offering a “We Win, You Win” ticket promotion for tomorrow’s game against Virginia Tech at Sun Life Stadium. If the Hurricanes win, fans who purchased single game tickets to Saturday’s game get the same seat for free to UM’s finale home game this season against the University of South Florida on Nov. 27. The tickets will automatically be put into fans’ Ticketmaster accounts. More information here.

Categories: Miami Hurricanes (32), NCAA (38), Sun Life Stadium (24), Tickets (126)

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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