A former Illinois men’s basketball player is making a significant contribution to the expansion of the Ubben Basketball Complex, according to a report from Jeremy Werner of Illini Inquirer.
The former basketball player, who would like to remain anonymous, has made a $2 million donation to the Ubben Basketball Complex expansion project. This gift comes a month after Illinois announced a $1 million donation from alumni Dennis and Katharine Swanson.
Per Werner, the project will cost around $30 million. So far, Illinois has raised $3 million.
University of Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman had a prepared statement following the anonymous donation:
As was the case with the Smith Center project, former student-athletes have embraced our vision for the future of Illinois Basketball and have taken a significant role in moving this Ubben project forward. As a former basketball player, our generous donor understands the many benefits that this expansion and renovation will provide in terms of student-athlete training, team development, and the recruitment of the best talent to Illinois. We are forever grateful to our many former student-athletes who are proud of their University and who are continually striving to join us in making it better.
The University of Illinois also recently cut the ribbon on the Smith Football Complex, which opened ahead of the 2019 football season. There’s been a huge commitment to athletics in Champaign over the last few years.
This is just another example.