Athletics donates $1.375 M

The University of Tennessee Athletics Department presented a check for $1.375 million to UT Chancellor Loren Crabtree at Saturday's football game against California. Every year the athletics department provides funds to the university for academic scholarships awarded to non student-athletes.

"A key goal of athletics is to be a good citizen -- to the university, the city of Knoxville and the state of Tennessee," said Mike Hamilton, men's athletics director. "This is just one of the ways we can give back to the university and UT students."

These funds for fiscal year 2006 totaled $1.375 million, providing more than 2,400 students the opportunity to further their education. In addition, the athletics department spent $6.48 million for scholarships for 348 student-athletes in the 2005-06 academic year.

Along with its contributions for scholarships, the athletics department also contributed to improving overall campus life in other ways including:

- $9.1 million for facilities, utility costs and maintenance expenses;

- $760,000 in travel expenses and $75,000 in scholarships for the Pride of the Southland Marching Band;

- $1.125 million in annual debt service on a number of university parking garages; and

- More than $11.99 million dollars in athletics benefits for university employees and students through free or reduced rate tickets to sporting events, licensing revenue, player of the game scholarships and alumni association tickets.

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