If you ever want to see your name attached to the stadium of a college football program you can do one of a few different things. First, you can be a standout player or coach and have a tremendous impact on the history of the program. But assuming you lack the athletic skill to reach such levels of skill and lack the ability to coach a team up for decades and win a couple of national titles, you may be better off just handing over a bunch of money to the school instead. You know, if you have the funds to do so.
Duke alums Steve Brooks and Eileen Brooks donated $13 million to the Duke Athletics Department. To recognize the generosity and support of the program, Duke has announced it will rename Wallace Wade Stadium. The new official name of the stadium will now be Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.
“Lifting Duke football to the level of the rest of the university has been one of the pleasures of recent years, and Steve and Eileen Brooks have been steadfast friends throughout that process,” DukePresident Richard H. Brodhead said in a released statement Friday. “We are grateful for their generosity, which will provide a strong foundation for the student-athlete experience at Duke.”
The $13 million donation will go to Duke’s university-wide campaign to raise $3.25 billion by June 30, 2017. That overall goal includes a goal of $250 million for Duke’s athletics program, with $50 million being used for endowment income and $100 million to be used for facility enhancements. The remaining $100 million is to be used for operating funds. To date, with this latest $13 million donation, the Brooks family has donated more than $20 million to Duke.
“Steve and Eileen Brooks have been tremendously generous, as well as incredibly faithful, relative to supporting Duke University for many years and, specifically in the case of Duke Football, no one has been more committed to helping us build a championship program,” said Kevin White, vice president and director of Duke Athletics.