Cal Athletics has received a $10 million gift from the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, a donation that was officially announced Monday and which will be used to support various programs within the athletics department.
The donation — the fund’s largest to UC Berkeley to date — will help support a wide range of programs for intercollegiate athletics as well as the construction of infrastructure and the renewal of current facilities, according to campus spokesperson Jose Rodriguez.
“The campus is honored to recognize Lisa and Doug and to affirm our shared ideals in the historic treasure that is Memorial Stadium,” UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said in a statement released Monday.
Birgeneau added that the gift “has tremendous potential to inspire many more of our alumni and friends to contribute and help meet Berkeley’s greatest needs.”
The fund, which was established in 1992, has previously donated to the Haas School of Business, Goldman School of Public Policy and the College of Letters and Science, among other UC Berkeley institutions.
“This … is another expression of our commitment to both the academic and athletic mission of the greatest public university on the planet,” Douglas Goldman said in a statement released Monday. “As the fourth of five generations to have attended and supported Cal, I very much hope that our gift will inspire others — alumni and friends — to step up and do likewise.”
The newly renovated Memorial Stadium, which is slated to reopen Sept. 1, will contain a new 1.5-acre gateway dubbed the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza, thanks to the donation.
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