University of Houston receives $1 million grant to support football operations center

HOUSTON –The University of Houston’s athletics department announced a $1 million pledge from Houston Board of Regents Vice Chairman Jack Moore and his wife, Debbie.

The Moore family’s donation will support the construction of the Football Operations Center, the centerpiece of the Houston Rise campaign.

The university said Regent Moore’s commitment commemorates decades of leadership, with this latest contribution an important expression of faith in the Houston Athletics’ future.

“Houston Athletics is the gateway to the University of Houston,” Moore said. “The rise of Cougar Athletics has been correlated with the rise of the University to what it is today. The move to the Big 12 Conference confirms how far we’ve come. However, there is still work to be done and c “That’s our motivation to invest in Houston Rise. Our foundation is solid, but now we’re turning our attention to the Power 5 and a new championship era for Houston Athletics.”

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The university added that Moore’s donation reflects the growing momentum behind the Houston Rise campaign. Two weeks ago, the athletic department announced an anonymous donation of $10 million, also in support of the Football Operations Center. Additionally, the Rise campaign has been bolstered by hundreds of annual contributions, including many new supporters.

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“The Moore family, Jack and Debbie, are mainstays at the University of Houston,” vice president of athletics Chris Pezman said. “They have been involved with us for decades. Personally and professionally, I look up to them and admire them and their families for what they have done for us through their leadership here at the University. The University wouldn’t be where it is now without Jack and Debbie.

With the start of the Big 12 competition a year away, the university said Houston Athletics will continue to emphasize awareness and engagement through the Houston Rise campaign. Growing campaign participation directly correlates to future Big 12 competitiveness for Houston Athletics.

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“The response to the campaign from our community has been outstanding,” said John Gladchuk, Senior Associate Director of Sports for Development and Director of Development. “It’s really gratifying to see the number of donations received from new donors. Houston Rise is dedicated to improving our athletics infrastructure. It is also dedicated to expanding and diversifying our support base. The results to date are nothing short of thrilling.

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