"Mike's gift is one more confirmation of the kind of person he is," said UO President Dave Frohnmayer. "He believes the most valuable award his student-athletes can take away from here is not a Heisman Trophy or an entry in the record books, but a college education. The university gave Mike its Pioneer Award this year because he embodies -- and demonstrates through his actions -- the values and ideals that we strive to communicate to all our students."
UO Librarian Deb Carver says the gift will be used for innovative technologies. "We started thinking about who Mike Bellotti is, what he's done for the university," Carver explained. "Innovation and leadership was what came to mind."
The Bellotti's gift to the UO Libraries will be matched by both the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the College of Arts and Sciences, increasing the total amount of the gift to $75,000.