Facility Boost

The funding for West Virginia University's basketball practice facility received an impressive bump with a $3 million gift from the Cline Family Foundation.

The gift, part of a $5 million donation to the University, will help pay for the new facility, which is slated to open early next year. It is being paid for with private contributions

"We're elated with the Cline Family Foundation's gift to the Mountaineer basketball practice facility," head coach Bob Huggins said. "Chris Cline fully understands this building is a need, not a want, for the continued growth of WVU basketball. This facility will be the best in the country and would have never been possible without the Cline Family Foundation's generous contribution."

The facility, which sits adjacent to the WVU Colisuem, will feature two separate gym areas for the men's and women's teams, a weight training center, meeting space for each program, an athletic training room and a basketball hall of traditions.

"The Cline Family Foundation gift for our new basketball practice facility is helping us reach our vision of providing WVU's men's and women's basketball teams with a first-class home on a daily basis," said WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck. "Our goal is to win championships and this practice facility will help us take a giant step up in all facets of the college basketball world. We are very thankful for Chris Cline's generous support through the Cline Family Foundation and their help in building champions at West Virginia University."

The Cline Family Foundation was established by Christopher Cline, a southern West Virginia native and successful coal operator who has maintained close ties with the school

"I have been fortunate to have lived and employed people in West Virginia and I owe the state of West Virginia and its people much for my success," Cline said. "I wanted to give something back that will be beneficial to the people of the State."

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