Jim and Shannon Mora Donate to Facility

Aug. 13 -- UCLA's head coach and his wife make a statement by making the largest donation by a sitting head coach in UCLA history...

BRO Note: It's a significant development in terms of Jim Mora making a commitment to UCLA, and an indication that he doesn't intend to leave anytime soon. The specter of a Mora departure, whether valid or not, has affected the program, and particularly recruiting, with many prospects sometimes wary of coming to UCLA because of the question of how long Mora would stay. The Moras' donation should go a long way to allay that issue.

UCLA Press Release:

The UCLA Athletic Department is pleased to announce a major personal financial commitment from head football coach Jim Mora and his wife Shannon that will be put toward the Wasserman Football Center project. In honor of Jim and Shannon's generosity, UCLA will name the Coaches’ Outdoor Terrace of the Wasserman Football Center in their honor.

The Mora family’s unprecedented commitment stands as the largest donation by a sitting head coach in UCLA history, further bolstering the Athletic Department’s ongoing campaign to raise sizeable funds for the construction of the state-of-the-art on-campus football training and performance center.

"We’ve seen Jim and Shannon touch the greater Los Angeles community in nearly every way conceivable through their Count on Me Family Foundation,” said Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero. “Whether serving as ambassadors for Special Olympics, helping raise money for deserving children or now giving directly back to the Bruin community through this incredibly generous donation, the Moras’ impact on this program, and this community, extends well beyond the field of play.”

Currently within $10 million of its fundraising goal, the UCLA Athletics Department will formally break ground on the Wasserman Football Center at an event scheduled to take place later this month on August 27. Mora hopes his family’s contribution will inspire others to help make meeting this goal a reality.

"UCLA has provided an amazing platform for us to help young people, both within our program and out in the community," said Jim Mora. "We are honored to join all the supporters who have contributed to this project and hope that others will continue to invest in the program we've been building over the past three years. Both Shannon and I are committed to establishing a lasting legacy here in Westwood and are excited about what the future holds for UCLA Football."

In fall of 2013, the UCLA Athletic Department announced a campaign to raise private funds for a comprehensive football training facility to be located on the west side of Spaulding Field, the practice field for the Bruin football team. The planned state-of-the-art facility, named the Wasserman Football Center, will house a locker room, athletic training area, strength and conditioning facility, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, equipment rooms and video rooms, in addition to several elements that will feature the storied history of UCLA football.

Additional naming opportunities for the Wasserman Football Center remain. For more information or to become involved in the campaign, contact the UCLA Athletics Development Office at 310-206-3302, or visit www.UCLAFootballFacility.com.

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