The UCLA Athletic Department announced this morning that a "major personal financial commitment" has been made by head football coach Jim Mora and his wife Shannon that will be put toward the Wasserman Football Center project. In honor of Jim's and Shannon's generosity, UCLA will name the Coaches’ Outdoor Terrace of the Wasserman Football Center in their honor.
The Mora family’s commitment is the largest donation by a sitting head coach in UCLA history. The actual amount of the Moras donation was not disclosed. According to the Naming Opportunity PDF posted on the Wasserman Center website, the Coaches' Outdoor Terrace is listed as funded. However, because that list is sorted by donation requirement from highest to lowest and there are $500,000 opportunities listed above and below the Coaches' Outdoor Terrace, it can be inferred that the donation was at least that amount.
"We’ve seen Jim and Shannon touch the greater Los Angeles community in nearly every way conceivable through their Count on Me Family Foundation," said Athletic Director Dan Guerrero. "Whether serving as ambassadors for Special Olympics, helping raise money for deserving children or now giving directly back to the Bruin community through this incredibly generous donation, the Moras’ impact on this program, and this community, extends well beyond the field of play."
The Athletic Department will break ground on the facility on August 27th. While funding for the center is close to complete, Coach Mora hopes his family’s contribution will inspire others to help UCLA raise the remaining $10 million to build the facility.
"UCLA has provided an amazing platform for us to help young people, both within our program and out in the community," said Jim Mora. "We are honored to join all the supporters who have contributed to this project and hope that others will continue to invest in the program we've been building over the past three years. Both Shannon and I are committed to establishing a lasting legacy here in Westwood and are excited about what the future holds for UCLA Football."
The planned state-of-the-art facility, named the Wasserman Football Center, will house a locker room, athletic training area, strength and conditioning facility, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, equipment rooms and video rooms, in addition to several elements that will feature the storied history of UCLA football.