UWF Athletics receives $100,000 gift from Pensacola Sports and Pensacola Sports Foundation
The University of West Florida Intercollegiate Athletics announced a $100,000 gift commitment from Pensacola Sports and the Pensacola Sports Foundation during the UWF football National Signing Day event this evening. The gift will assist with the expansion and renovation of the UWF Athletic Training Center on the Pensacola campus.
“We are very grateful for the support of partners like Pensacola Sports and the Pensacola Sports Foundation,” said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “The health and wellness of our student-athletes are very important, and this gift will allow us to improve the healthcare services we provide.”
The UWF Athletic Training Center provides comprehensive healthcare services for all 15 athletic teams and more than 350 student-athletes, including prevention, assessment, management, treatment and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries. Services also include routine checkups for the maintenance of overall health and welfare of student-athletes. This gift will address the program’s critical need for additional space, as UWF added both women’s swimming and diving and football as varsity sports over the last five years.
“This gift improves the area where all our student-athletes receive care and treatments to recover from injuries,” said Dave Scott, UWF athletic director. “We want to thank Pensacola Sports and the Pensacola Sports Foundation for their contribution in providing the best for our student-athletes.”
Pensacola Sports, Florida’s first and oldest sports commission, manages events, activities and initiatives in a variety of sports in the community. Pensacola Sports has a long history of supporting the UWF athletic department, including three $10,000 gifts in the 1980s to help restart the men’s golf team and donations in support of the athletic program, football and cross country scholarship endowments. UWF and Pensacola Sports have partnered to bring collegiate national championships to Pensacola in 10 different sports.
“We are happy to be making this historic contribution to an institution that values and supports our mission in the Pensacola community,” said Bill Hamilton, Pensacola Sports Foundation board chair.
The gift commitment directly relates to Pensacola Sports’ mission of enhancing the quality of life, health, well-being and economic development of Pensacola and its surrounding regions through education, inspiration and participation.
“We are happy to support an organization like UWF that aligns so well with our beliefs and mission,” said Jehan Clark, Pensacola Sports board chair. “UWF has been a great community partner of ours for many years. We are excited to be able to make this historic gift which helps to support them financially, but especially in an area like the athletic training center, which benefits all student-athletes.”