San Diego State University announced a $2 million donation from the Manna Charitable Foundation at the San Diego Foundation that will help the university fund its planned $14.5 million Basketball Performance Center.
With the gift, the university has raised just more than $12 million, according to a release. The Manna Charitable Foundation’s gift also contributes to the Campaign for SDSU, the university's first comprehensive fundraising effort. To date, the campaign has raised more than $494 million of its $500 million goal.
Jim Sterk, SDSU's director of athletics, said the Manna donation is the first to come to the university from the foundation's anonymous benefactor.
"The donor admired the incredible team effort and family atmosphere that is fostered by [SDSU basketball] head coach Steve Fisher," Sterk said. "The power of an athletic team gaining the love of a community has never been more relevant than with this gift.”
SDSU announced plans for the basketball practice facility last November, just months before the university's men's basketball team qualified for its second Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament in four years.
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