The University of North Carolina Department of Athletics has announced a $15 million naming gift from alumnus Jim Koman ('86) and his wife, Jennifer, in support of student-athlete success.
The largest gift in the history of Carolina Athletics and the Rams Club will launch the Bill Koman Game Plan for Success, a comprehensive development program designed to prepare football players for life after graduation. Named for Koman's late father, William J. Koman, Sr. ('56), who was a linebacker for the Tar Heels and played twelve years in the NFL, the program will support efforts to prepare student-athletes for life after college through academic assessment, study and learning skills preparation, leadership development, community involvement, and career opportunities.
Recently opened, the Bill Koman Practice Complex features two full-length outdoor fields as well as an indoor facility with a full-length synthetic turf field and spaces for strength-and-conditioning training.
After his football career, Bill Koman founded the Koman Group, a commercial and residential property development company and, with his wife, Joan, supported sports medicine research at UNC as well as a fund for undergraduates taking summer internships. Jim Koman also played football for UNC and is CEO and founder of ElmTree Funds, a national private equity real estate firm.
"We often say that coming to Carolina is a forty-year decision, not a four-year decision, and this gift and program, coming from a Carolina football player and his wife in honor of his Carolina football father, show how true that statement is," said UNC head football coach Mack Brown. "Part of our mission as a football program is to ensure that we're giving our young men the tools to go on and be productive husbands, fathers, and citizens when their time in college comes to an end. With this program, we'll be able to take that commitment to another level, and it will be of great benefit to our current and future student-athletes."
(Photo credit: UNC Department of Athletics)