knights football moves into the Big 12 Conference in 2023
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Sharon and Marc Hagle, noted commercial developers, philanthropists, and astronauts of Winter Park, Florida, have made a pledge commitment of more than $5 million to UCF Athletics.
It is the largest cash pledge commitment ever by an individual or couple for UCF Athletics.
As part of the recently announced Mission XII initiative, proceeds from the commitment will help transform the UCF football campus as it moves into the Big 12 Conference on July 1, 2023.
In recognition of this commitment, the Knights will honor the Hagles by naming the enhanced football campus “The Gateway,” pending approval by the UCF Board of Trustees. Design of “The Gateway” project, which will include McNamara Cove, Nicholson Plaza, VIP Parking Lot, and renovated practice fields, will begin soon.
“With a thriving community in Orlando, a bustling Space Coast nearby, and one of the largest yet youngest alumni bases in the nation, UCF is well-positioned to be a university for the future.
Success in intercollegiate athletics is paramount to match the university’s continued growth. We are thrilled to help the Knights take their next steps into the Big 12.
So much has happened for the Knights over the last decade–it is breathtaking to imagine what the future holds for UCF,” said Sharon and Marc Hagle.
“Sharon and Marc Hagle are visionaries, always looking to the future with a commitment to provide people with opportunities to excel,” UCF President Alexander Cartwright said.
“Their leadership and philanthropy extend from Orlando to the stars, from kindergarten to college, and we are honored that they have included UCF in their efforts to foster innovation, discovery, and excellence.”
“Their generosity is a reminder of the incredible difference philanthropic investment can make in elevating our national reputation in athletics and academics. UCF is a better place because of Sharon and Marc, and on behalf of our students, student-athletes, faculty, coaches, staff, and alumni, thank you.”
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