Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:02 AM by Ashley Colley
Updated: Jan 29, 2013 11:19 AM
COLUMBIA -- The University of Missouri received an $8.3 million donation for MU Athletics on Tuesday from Don and Audrey Walsworth of Marceline, Missouri. The donation will be used to help complete renovations to Faurot Field and to also add a new clubhouse for the men's and women's golf teams at The Club at Old Hawthorne.
The new clubhouse will have coaches' offices, team locker rooms, indoor heated hitting bays and new swing instruction technology for the student athletes. Don Walsworth, is an MU alum and a former chairman of the University of Missouri Board of Curators. Don and Audrey's son, Ed, and daughter, Lynn, both played on the Mizzou golf teams while their other son, Don, Jr., played at Stanford University.
"The university has been very good to us over the years, including our children and grandchildren," Walsworth said. "This gift is indicative of the fantastic leadership of the university and the athletic department, including the outstanding coaches and staff. We are so pleased with the organization and administration. We love the move to the SEC and how far athletics has advanced to achieve national prominence in so many different sports. Our gift is also for the-student athletes, as we believe their education should come first - an ideal I know our family shares with the university."
Mizzou Athletics received a $30 million donation on June 26, 2012 from the Kansas City Sports Trust to help fund $102 million worth of improvements the University is planning for the football, softball, baseball, tennis and golf facilities.
Below are some photos of the planned improvements to Faurot Field from Mizzou Athletics.