Virginia Athletics Receives $5 Million Gift for New Track and Field Facility
Amy Mitchell Griffin (right), a 1998 University of Virginia graduate and former volleyball player for the Cavaliers, has pledged $5 million for the construction of a new track and field facility at UVa. The Virginia Athletics Department announced the gift on Monday (March 28).
The commitment by Griffin allows the athletics department to move forward with the design and construction of a new track and field facility. The Virginia Athletics Foundation (VAF), the fund raising organization for the athletics department, has launched a campaign to raise the remaining amount needed to finance the approximately $14 million project.
Griffin’s gift is the largest commitment ever made for an Olympic sport capital project at the University of Virginia. She is a current member of the VAF Board of Trustees and previously donated $1 million in 2006 to support the volleyball program and also funded UVa’s new sand volleyball courts.
“The University deserves a top notch track and field facility. I feel we owe it to current and future student-athletes,” Griffin said. “I look at it as an important athletic department facility, but more importantly an upgrade for the entire University. I really do hope there are many people in the University of Virginia community, especially former athletes – track and non-track – who see this as a key piece in future athletic success and one that they want to support.” more >