Michigan State University has announced a $15 million donation to the university.
It was made by Dan and Jennifer Gilbert. Dan is best known as the head of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a press release from MSU says it’s one of the biggest donations to it’s current campaign, which has raised more than $1 billion.
It will help renovate the Breslin Center and serve people in Detroit including the Detroit Scholars program and a program that helps students with disabilities attend college.
“These three areas are important to us, important to the university, and important to Detroit,” said Dan Gilbert. Both Gilberts attended MSU and they say their son is a student there now.
“We’re hoping that this contribution can help the great Michigan State universe in every way.”
MSU President Lou Anna Simon and Athletic Director Mark Hollis helped make the announcement in Detroit this afternoon.
“This will impact so many people, obviously,” said Hollis, “the Breslin Center is the home to many events well beyond basketball.”
“We’ve been talking for a long time together about what we could do for Detroit,” Simon said of her discussion with the Gilberts.
A press release from MSU said the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) works with some 2,000 students a year to help people who have disabilities – including making the campus more accessible, helping students who have problems seeing or hearing, people who have chronic health problems, mental health problems, or who have autism.
They were joined by several MSU coaches including basketball coaches Tom Izzo and Suzy Merchant.