Champions push themselves to be the best. I came to Miami because I knew that we could build champions and compete for national championships.

Right now, our football program is facing a glaring need. We are the only university in the ACC without an Indoor Practice Facility or one under construction, and it is affecting our practice time, preparation, and recruiting success.

Florida is the lightning capital of the United States. On average, we lose or must reschedule 22 practice sessions every year due to weather-related issues. When we lose practice time, we enter the season at a marked competitive disadvantage against teams that have had uninterrupted and significantly more preparation time than we have. If we want to win, we simply cannot afford to continue without an Indoor Practice Facility.

Recruiting efforts are also hampered by our limited facilities. Potential recruits compare Miami to other area programs—from Alabama to Florida to FSU. And without an Indoor Practice Facility, we cannot promise the same student-athlete experience.

My wife, Katharyn and I personally pledged $1 million to kick off this critical building campaign. That’s how much we believe in this University, in this football team, and in the student-athletes we serve.

Now, it’s your turn.

With your support, we will be prepared for every opponent. We will play with tremendous effort. We will compete at the highest level.

We will Build Champions … and we will WIN.

Mark Richt
Head Football Coach
University of Miami ‘82