March 27, 2008

 

Alumni Association gives $500,000 to athletics centre

Hamilton, ON - Graduates of McMaster University this morning gave half a million dollars to the University to support the David Braley Athletic Centre. The atrium of the Centre will now be known as the Alumni Atrium.

The donation was announced by Joe Stephen, president of the McMaster Alumni Association, on behalf of 131,000 graduates of the University who are scattered across the planet in more than 128 countries.

This is the Association’s second gift to McMaster’s new athletic complex: Two years ago, it gave $250,000 towards the Alumni Field located adjacent to the Ronald V. Joyce Stadium. Combined with this recent gift, the Association has donated more than $1-million over the last two decades, supporting everything from student bursaries to the McMaster University Student Centre.

The David Braley Athletic Centre and the soon-to-be-opened Ronald V. Joyce Stadium are two of the largest athletic projects undertaken on a Canadian university campus. The facilities are able to host everything from intramural league games, varsity competitions and personal fitness regimens to national and international championships and Olympic hopefuls. In the two years since the Centre opened, memberships at the Pulse (the Centre’s fitness centre) have increased to more than 10,000 students, a jump of 22 percent, and participation in intramural sports has increased 30 per cent.

“We know how important athletic and recreation facilities are to the life of the University and the community that surrounds it,” says Stephen in his announcement. “The McMaster Alumni Association is proud to be part of bringing a new standard of excellence to current and future students.”

Peter George, president of McMaster, said “there has not been a day since I became president that I have not appreciated the important role the Alumni Association plays at McMaster.”

McMaster University, a world-renowned, research-intensive university, fosters a culture of innovation, and a commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University, one of only four Canadian universities to be listed on the Top 100 universities in the world, has a student population of more than 23,000, and an alumni population of more than 131,000 in 128 countries.

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Jane Christmas

Manager, Public & Media Relations

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 27988

chrisja@mcmaster.ca

Michelle Donovan

Public Relations Manager: Broadcast Media

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 22869

donovam@mcmaster.ca