UCF to build new athletic building with $4 million donation

Facility to be located next to Bright House Networks Stadium

Published On: Jan 24 2014 10:54:13 AM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -

The University of Central Florida's athletics program on Thursday received the largest charitable gift in its history: A $4 million infusion toward the school's planned athlete leadership program.

The Wayne Densch Charitable Trust donated $4 million toward the construction of the Wayne Densch Center for Student Athlete Leadership Council, or SALC.

The donation is the largest charitable gift in UCF Athletics history.

The SALC is UCF Athletics’ plan to help grow athletes into community leaders.

“We are very grateful to the Wayne Densch Charitable Trust and Leonard Williams for this record-setting gift,” UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury said in a release. “Mr. Densch was a wonderful supporter of UCF Athletics and we’re absolutely thrilled to name the Wayne Densch Student-Athlete Leadership Center in his honor."

The project will cost an estimated $6.5 million, with the remaining funding to be raised.

The Wayne Densch Center for Student Athlete Development will be the university's headquarters for personal, professional and academic development.

The building will serve approximately 500 student athletes and feature a multi-purpose classroom that can seat 200 students, additional study space and other features.

Construction of the building is expected to begin in mid to late 2014. The building will be located on the east side of Bright House Networks Stadium and directly adjacent to the stadium.