LA JOLLA (CNS) - Dean Spanos, the Chargers' chairman and president, donated $500,000 to UC San Diego Thursday to improve athletic facilities.
The donation by the son of the Chargers' owner will be used to upgrade the buildings and equipment left behind by the Chargers when they stopped using the campus in La Jolla as a preseason training site.
Tritons sports teams and students had been using the La Jolla facility, which will be renamed the Alex G. Spanos Athletic Performance Center in honor of the Spanos family's long support of the school. Alex Spanos is the family patriarch and Chargers owner.
"The donation will continue my father's legacy of giving to the university while helping to provide an athletic experience on par with the school's first-class academic experience," Dean Spanos said.
The Spanoses have given UCSD $1.6 million over the years.
The new center, overlooking Triton Track and Field Stadium, will include a strength and conditioning area, outdoor performance plaza, hydrotherapy room for student-athletes.
Currently, strength-training equipment at UC San Diego's Recreation, Intramural and Athletics Complex, known as RIMAC, is shared by the entire student body, with space at times reserved for student-athletes. Moving the student-athletes out is expected to improve access to exercise equipment for the entire student population.
"We truly appreciate Dean Spanos' generosity to UC San Diego athletics," said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. "This gift represents a continuation of the Spanos family's support which has spanned the decades. This new facility will have a significant impact for our Triton student-athletes, as well as our student body as a whole."
More than 600 student athletes compete in 23 men's and women's sports at UCSD.