The University of California, Los Angeles, has announced a $15 million gift from Morris "Mo" Ostin in support of a new academic facility for student-athletes.
To be located in the heart of campus, the Mo Ostin Academic Center for Student-Athletes will be designed to meet the academic needs of the nearly seven hundred student-athletes engaged in the university's twenty-five intercollegiate athletic programs. When completed, the $35 million, 20,000-square-foot center will be home to modern technology labs, designated places for group and individual study, tutorial areas, and office space for both athletics and student services staff. At the facility's entry, a Hall of Champions exhibit will feature UCLA's more than one hundred NCAA Championship trophies and connect the center to the existing UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.
A UCLA alumnus, Ostin is a well-known music executive who worked for Warner Bros. Records for thirty-two years and later was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is a longtime supporter of UCLA student athletics and contributed $10 million for construction of the Mo Ostin Basketball Center, which opened in 2017.
"It is my hope this academic center for student-athletes will serve as a resource for the most elite student-athletes in the country, at the country's number-one public institution, to excel not only athletically but also academically," said Ostin. "For decades UCLA has developed talented student-athletes, [including] legendary Academic All-Americans like Mike Warren, John Sciarra, Bill Walton, Denise Curry, and Jamaal Wilkes, to not only perform at their best athletically, but thrive in a very competitive academic environment. Assisting future student-athletes to reach their academic best is extremely important to me, and I am thrilled to be a part of this new academic center."
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