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$3M gift commitment going to ISU practice facility


Illinois State University
Illinois State University(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jan. 27, 2022 at 4:54 PM CST
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NORMAL (25 NEWS) - Illinois State Univerity Athletics has received a commitment of $3 million for the school’s Indoor Practice Facility project.

The commitment comes from entrepreneur Dee Miller, his wife Sheila Marshall-Miller and former ISU student-athlete and professional football player BJ Bello.

“We are incredibly grateful to Dee, Sheila, and BJ for their commitment to our student-athletes and the Indoor Practice Facility,” ISU Director of Athletics Kyle Brennan said. “This project is a game-changer for our department and the campus community, and their investment and confidence in our vision means the world to us.”

“Their gift will enhance the student-athlete experience while providing every opportunity to win championships. This is another significant milestone in our efforts to elevate ISU Athletics to new heights. We can’t thank them enough.”

The Illinois State University Board of Trustees authorized the Athletics Department to proceed with design, bidding, construction, and financing of the Indoor Practice Facility during a special meeting held on campus on Dec. 12, 2021. Authority to proceed with construction was contingent upon securing commitments for $8.05 million of the total $11.5 million project cost.

This gift moves the project past that threshold, according to the university.

The goal is to begin construction this spring. A groundbreaking date is yet to be determined.

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