Dayton-area university contributes $10M for new sports medicine complex

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015

The largest local university has received a major gift for a new sports medicine complex.

Miami University got a $10 million gift from Mercy Health in Cincinnati. The donation, delivered over 13 years, will support the construction of the Gunlock Family Athletic Performance Center — a sports medicine and rehabilitation center that will be the home of the Miami football team, as well as the treatment center for its 500 student athletes.

The project in December received $6 million from Randy Gunlock, formerly head of RG Properties in Dayton, as well as his wife Vicki Gunlock.

It's another major gift for Miami, the Oxford-based university with more than 23,600 students.

“This agreement brings together the strengths of two top people-centered institutions,” said David Hodge, Miami president. “This partnership establishes a platform to create significant opportunities for Miami students and faculty to engage with a wide range of people and activities at Mercy Health."

In return for the gift, Mercy is becoming Miami's exclusive provider of sports medicine and rehabilitation services in all varsity, club and intramural sports.

They will also support an academic affiliation agreement with a joint leadership team for education initiatives between Mercy Health locations and Miami University's campuses. The goal is to work together on health information technology, leadership development, sports medicine, and possible sponsors research, scholarships and internships.

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