UWF receives $600k gift commitment from Sandy Sansing to name new Sports Medicine Center

The University of West Florida announces a gift commitment of more than $600,000 from Sandy Sansing to support the Sandy Sansing Need-Based Student-Athlete Scholarship and for the expansion of the Darrell Gooden Center to include a new Sports Medicine Center. With this gift, the new Sports Medicine Center will be named in his honor.

Sandy Sansing and family at a UWF football game

“Sandy has been a great friend to the University and this gift will financially assist future students while moving our Sports Medicine Center forward,” said Dave Scott, UWF director of athletics. “Having this gift come from a community leader, a UWF graduate and former student-athlete is a great testament to his belief in and support of his alma mater.”

Sansing, CEO of Sandy Sansing Automotive, was on UWF’s first men’s golf team, received the first golf scholarship at UWF and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting. He is a member of the UWF Athletics Hall of Fame, is a UWF Football Founder and currently serves on the UWF Athletics Sword & Shield Council.

“I hope this gift serves as a reminder to all student-athletes that they can do great things and support their community,” Sansing said.

The gift will support current and future student-athletes at UWF through need-based scholarships and by creating a new state-of-the-art Sandy Sansing Sports Medicine Center that will provide quality medical care for injured student-athletes. The Sandy Sansing Sports Medicine Center will include a partnership for treatment and care with the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

“In the area of scholarships, I truly realize and appreciate the value of education,” Sansing said. “I know that I have been unbelievably blessed and want to pass that same blessing on to others. Education opens doors and allows young people the opportunity to get good jobs. They are able to create their own opportunities to support their families and ultimately achieve their goals and dreams.”

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