(WLNS) – A former high school basketball coach and his wife say they want to help MSU basketball players compete at the highest levels. Their gift of $3 million will help keep that dream alive.
Mark and Cindy Pentecost’s donation, in support of Empower Extraordinary – the campaign for Michigan State, will be used to update the men’s basketball offices, practice facilities and establish an endowment for continued facility improvements.
Mark Pentecost is president and CEO of It Works! and is a former high school basketball coach and teacher in Allegan, Michigan. The Pentecosts are members of the Athletic Director’s Campaign Leadership Council, a group of more than 30 leaders and volunteers in the Empower Extraordinary campaign.
“Growing up in the Lansing area, surrounded by generations of Spartans who bleed green, giving back to this storied basketball program came natural,” said Mark Pentecost. “As a former coach, I am excited to see the impact this contribution will have on our student athletes. We hope that this helps them continue to train and compete at the highest level.”
The gift is one of the largest ever to MSU athletics. “For many Spartans around the world, the men’s basketball program has been a source of pride and an engine of opportunity not only for the student-athletes in the program, but for the overall student experience on campus,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “We are so grateful to Mark and Cindy Pentecost for their vision and commitment to help us give ‘Team MSU’ the opportunity for continued excellence.”
The Empower Extraordinary campaign has gifts and pledges totaling 55 percent of its goal, according to a university website.