Michigan State University has announced a $32 million commitment from alumnus Mat Ishbia ('03) in support of MSU Athletics.
The largest cash gift from an individual in MSU history includes $20 million for an expansion of the Skandalaris Football Center, including improvements to the football auditorium, expansion of the weight room and new player lockers, and the creation of informal meeting spaces and dining accommodations; $2 million in support of the Men's Basketball Excellence Fund; $2 million to establish a Spartan For Life Fund in support of leadership and career development services for MSU student-athletes; and funds for the establishment of an MSU Athletics Excellence Fund, which will provide resources to address needs on campus and take advantage of opportunities as they emerge.
Ishbia, a graduate of the Eli Broad College of Business and four-year member of the Spartan men's basketball team, made the commitment in honor of his parents, his teammates, and Tom Izzo, the head coach of the MSU basketball team, for whom Ishbia played and also served as a student assistant coach.
"This donation is not about me," said Ishbia, "this is to give credit to and thank coach Tom Izzo, the business school, and Michigan State University for the incredible impact they have had on my life."
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