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It has been said that a nationally relevant athletics program engages and energizes a school’s student body and alumni like no other. UH student athletes make invaluable contributions, garnering widespread admiration and developing leadership skills, while inspiring our Cougar community and earning respect and recognition for the “City’s University.”

Generous Donors Keep UH Sports Venues Among Nation’s Finest. When you look at University of Houston’s athletic facilities, the desire to provide the best is clear. The Fertitta Center and adjacent Hofheinz Plaza bring UH’s basketball facilities into the 21st century with spectacular fashion. Launched with UHS Board of Regents Chairman Tilman Fertitta’s $20 million gift, the Fertitta Center is the next step to ensuring UH compares favorably with the nation’s best.

“Upgrading our athletics facilities shows we are serious about competing at the highest levels of collegiate sports for many years to come. I’m proud of where the University of Houston is today, and I’m proud to make this investment in my university’s future,” said Fertitta.

From TDECU Stadium to baseball’s home at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park to the Dave Williams Golf Academy, and to a new Football Indoor Practice Facility, the University has shown an unwavering commitment to creating a winning environment for its student athletes, coaches and fans. Most recently, the field at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park was named the Don Sanders Field. Former UHS Board of Regents member Don Sanders is a long-time friend and supporter of the Houston Baseball program. In 2015, Sanders and Joe Gutierrez (’89, M.B.A. ’14) gave lead donations for Houston’s state-of-the-art video board, which bears both their names.