Shippensburg University President Laurie Carter announced on Friday to the community that the university received a gift of $2 million.
According to ship.edu/news, the donor, who chose to stay anonymous, specified that the money is to be used for a locker room specifically for the football team.
The release said the new facility, which will be built beside Seth Grove Stadium, will include an upgrade and an extension to the stadium tunnel, as well as provide larger lockers, 20 showers, and more restrooms for the football team.
It is reported that construction for the locker room will begin in the summer of 2020 and end by the following November.
In addition to the $2 million, the donor gave the university $35,000 to use for athletic scholarships, according to the release.
Carter reported that the $2 million investment is to be a part of a larger project that will address the improvements needed to facilities for the university’s athletes and coaches from seven teams.
Another locker room, which is currently being planned, is a $3.6 million project that will be built in the rear of Henderson Gym. It will serve the women participating in the field hockey, tennis, lacrosse and softball teams, as well as both the men’s and women’s soccer team.
Additionally, Carter highlighted the achievement in student-athletes.
“Athletics is a proven instrument for student success, as evidenced by our student-athletes. In spring of 2019, more than half of our athletes earned a 3.0 or higher, and 38 of our athletes maintained a 4.0. I am so appreciative of this generous contributor who is supporting quality education at Shippensburg University in this way,” Carter said.