Former Miami linebacker Jon Beason has donated $250,000 toward an indoor practice facility, the university announced Thursday.
The gift put Miami past the $31 million total announced earlier this week and brings it closer to the $34 million total necessary to break ground on the facility.
“Even back when I was a student-athlete at Miami, I thought about one day being able to give back. I’m proud to be able to make this gift, which will directly influence and impact young people’s lives,” Beason said in the release. “By donating to this project, I am able to support the dreams of young men like myself and allow them to excel as student-athletes at the University of Miami.”
In recognition of the donation, the school will have a “Jon Beason Defensive Team Meeting Room” inside the practice facility.
“I believe in Coach Richt, I believe in his staff and the work they are doing here at The U, and I believe in paying it forward,” Beason said. “I invite all members of the Miami family, including my fellow football alums, to support this project and help us make this facility a reality.”
Beason, who grew up in south Florida, had 187 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one interception during his three seasons at Miami. He was drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL fraft by the Carolina Panthers and had 705 tackles, 10 interceptions and three forced fumbles during his 10-year NFL career.
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