Tulane University has announced a $5.5 million gift from the Douglas J. Hertz Family Foundation in support of the Tulane Center for Sport, which works to harness the power of sport to educate, improve, and inspire.
The gift from the foundation will provide support for ongoing faculty and leadership initiatives; the hiring of faculty members, visiting professors and adjunct instructors; the expansion of existing programs; and the creation of an administrative position to oversee the Tulane Sports Executives Club, the Tulane Center for Sport Speaker Series, career service opportunities, and the planning, coordination, and implementation of sports law competitions.
A number of Hertz family members are Tulane alumni, including the immediate past chair of the university’s board, Doug Hertz ('74, '76); his wife, Lila Loewenthal Hertz ('76); their children, Amy Hertz Agami (NC '02) and Michael J. Hertz (B '05); and Patricia Jill Hertz Reid ('79), Doug Hertz's sister. The family previously established the Lila L. and Douglas J. Hertz Endowed Chair in Psychology, made a naming gift in support of the Doug and Lila Hertz Center, provided a major gift for construction of Yulman Stadium, and provided support to the A.B. Freeman School of Business and the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality.
"Through the support of the Hertz family, we will be able to enhance our interdisciplinary study, research, teaching, and community engagement of all levels of the sports industry," said Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program. "There is no better or more important time than now to leverage the expertise across Tulane's campus — from law to business, medicine, social work, and many [other disciplines] — to harness the power of sport to educate our students and to impact social change. We are grateful to the Hertz family for all of their support and their vision in helping us continue to be an academic leader in the sports industry."