Tremendous generosity from all our donors is reflective of combined leadership from the University, the Foundation and the Athletic Steering Committee. Their vision, passion and personal philanthropy have made the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center the first building at UConn financed entirely with private donations.
By 2012, donors contributed $24 million to begin construction of the facility—about three-quarters of the total cost. This included a $2 million donation from alumnus and then-chair of the UConn Foundation Board of Directors Mark Shenkman '65 '07 (HON) and his wife, Rosalind.
Denis '76 '77 and Britta Nayden '76 pledged another $3 million for the practice center in 2013 that included funds dedicated for student-athlete scholarships and a challenge match in addition to funds set aside for the building's construction. Basketball alumni, excited for what the new facility would mean for the programs, contributed to the match challenge thanks to an outreach effort led by Meghan (Pattyson) Culmo '92 and Jake Voskuhl '00.
Peter J. and Pamela Werth pledged an initial gift three years ago that remains one of the largest single private gifts to the Division of Athletics. In October 2014, they added another pledge to rename the building the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center.
The 75,000-plus square-foot facility features two separate wings for the men’s and women’s basketball programs. It includes common areas for academic support, sports medicine and strength training areas, as well as separate practice gyms, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, meeting rooms and video analysis theaters.
Visitors to the center will be greeted with a display of UConn basketball greatness. The lobby features a display of NCAA trophies—representing the four men’s national championships and nine women’s national championships—and wing entrances are flanked by images of Maya Moore '11 and Ray Allen '96.
The Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center is the premier practice facility in the nation and will serve as the catalyst for future success, both academically and athletically—fitting for Storrs, the Basketball Capital of the World!
Join Us In Supporting UConn Basketball
You still have the ability to play a critical role in supporting the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center, as there is a need for additional funding to finish the project. In order for us to truly demonstrate the power of Husky Nation, we need to ensure the building reflects the greatness of both programs. Please make a gift today.
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