- Capital Projects
- Annual Sport Giving
- Planned Giving
- Scholarship Endowments
Building a competitive advantage
Among the Heritage Initiative’s key goals is ensuring student-athletes have state-of-the-art facilities in which they can hone their success on and off the field.
The initiative raised $54 million for the new John McKay Center — a 110,000-square-foot facility supporting all of USC’s 21 NCAA Division I sports. The center houses the Stevens Academic Center (which features tutoring, counseling, and study and computer rooms), a weight room, an athletic training room and a high-tech digital media production facility, as well as meeting rooms, coaches offices and a locker room for the football program.
“We went from being 30 years behind the times in our facilities to moving 30 years ahead of our competitors,” said Pat Haden, holder of the Charles Griffin Cale Director of Athletics Chair.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias praised Haden’s inspiring leadership of USC Athletics and his role in the initiative. “The Athletics initiative has achieved its most successful fundraising ever — all against the backdrop of NCAA sanctions,” Nikias said. “The initiative’s outstanding success also speaks to our supporters’ passion and dedication to USC, and to the enduring place that Trojan Athletics has in our community.”
Among other advances made possible by support raised during the campaign:
- Renovating Heritage Hall, a $35 million project that transformed the two-story Heisman Lobby into an interactive museum and added the Sports Performance Center, Communications Center and the Women of Troy student-athlete lounge, among other new facilities.
- Creating the Uytengsu Aquatics Center to house the men’s and women’s swimming, diving and water polo teams, a $20 million effort that attracted the largest gift — $9 million — received to date from a student-athlete alumnus, former swim team captain Wilfred “Fred” Uytengsu ’83.
- Building Merle Norman Stadium, sand volleyball courts for USC’s top-rated women’s sand volleyball team.
- Upgrading Marks Tennis Stadium, a project costing more than $10 million that broke ground in February and is anticipated to open in early 2016.
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