On Monday afternoon, Arizona athletics made an announcement that Cole and Jeannie Davis have committed a $2.65 million gift to the University of Arizona men's basketball program for facility upgrades at McKale Center and Richard Jefferson Gymnasium.
The gift is the fourth largest in UA Athletics history and gives the couple naming rights to a new strength training facility in the Richard Jefferson Gymnasium. The project also includes the first major remodeling of the team's locker room in over 10 years, among other improvements.
In addition, Sean Miller is donating 250,000 to help the cause.
"As we continue the process of building our basketball program and returning it to national prominence, we have identified several important areas of improvement," Miller said. "At the top of this list is the physical development of our players. In order to compete for championships in today's world of college basketball, we must have a superior conditioned, physically strong, and mentally tough team.
"This gift from Jeannie and Cole Davis allows the future of Arizona basketball to have one of the finest strength and conditioning facilities in the country. Their belief in our program and the student-athlete, coupled with their incredible generosity, significantly impacts our future.
"This gift is the highlight of my year as the head men's basketball coach. It means the world to me and supports my belief that together we all can accomplish more."
While Greg Byrne is not yet in office, interim athletic director Rocky LaRose thanked all parties involved for help in advancing Arizona athletics.
"On behalf of Arizona Athletics, I would like to thank Cole and Jeannie Davis, as well as Sean and Amy Miller, for their incredible commitments to Arizona Athletics and our student-athletes," she said.
"Both of these generous gifts will help us move strategically forward in a very competitive environment. The basketball facility upgrades and related projects, like the football North End Zone project, will help us remain nationally competitive, while at the same time enhance the student-athlete experience at Arizona."
Arizona receives gift
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