STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut head football coach Bob Diaco and his wife Julia have announced plans to contribute $250,000 to the University to help fund the construction of several new UConn athletic facilities.
“Like so many other members of our dedicated faculty and staff, Coach Diaco puts extraordinary time and energy into his work,” said UConn President Susan Herbst. “Bob and Julia’s meaningful and generous gift to the UConn Foundation goes above and beyond that. We are so grateful for their commitment to philanthropy, our students and the future of UConn.”
The Diaco gift will be used to help build new facilities for the UConn men’s and women’s soccer, baseball and softball teams.
“Our UConn football family is very fortunate to call The Burton Family Football Complex and Mark R. Shenkman Training Center our home,” said Diaco. “These facilities are among the finest in the nation and fully serve the needs of our football student-athletes. I want all Husky student-athletes and my fellow coaches to be able to enjoy the same caliber of facilities, which they richly deserve.”
“Coach Diaco has a clear vision for the future of UConn’s football program,” said David Benedict, UConn’s Director of Athletics. “He and Julia are committed to our overall philosophy that all of UConn’s athletic facilities should sustain the competitiveness of the teams that play in them. We’re very thankful for their support of our efforts to have modern athletic facilities for the benefit of our student-athletes, coaches and all of Husky Nation.”
Philanthropy played an important role in both The Burton Family Football Complex and Mark R. Shenkman Training Center. The Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center was the first project at the school to be fully funded through the generosity of donors. Philanthropy will be critical in future enhancements to athletics facilities at UConn.
“Philanthropy plays an important role in the growth and success of UConn Athletics,” said Josh Newton, President and CEO, UConn Foundation. “We thank Coach Diaco and his wife Julia, as their gift will help ensure that UConn’s student-athletes have excellent facilities to match their high performance on and off the field.”
Preliminary costs to build the baseball, soccer and softball complexes total $46 million and the UConn Foundation expects to be able to raise $25 million in private donations toward the projects, with a substantial portion of that total already in hand.
For more information, visit www.foundation.uconn.edu.