Tip Off at Moody

President R. Gerald Turner addresses assembled guests at the Tip-Off at Moody event.

New major gifts to SMU totaling more than $7 million will help fund the renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum, a campus landmark that for nearly 50 years has been home to numerous athletic and community events, as well as the pageantry of SMU Commencement.

These gifts are in addition to a lead gift of $20 million from the Moody Foundation for the project as well as a subsequent gift of $10 million from David B. Miller ’72, ’73 and Carolyn Lacy Miller.

An event, Tip-Off at Moody, was held October 10 to recognize donors and celebrate a new era for SMU Athletics and Moody Coliseum.

New gifts to SMU’s Basketball Circle of Champions totaling more than $2 million also were recognized at the event. The Basketball Circle of Champions is a visionary group of generous and dedicated SMU alumni leaders who are committed to building on the storied foundation of SMU basketball.

“The generous support for the Moody Coliseum renovation and expansion and the Mustang basketball program signals a new era for SMU Athletics,” said President R. Gerald Turner. “These enhancements will strengthen the Moody Coliseum experience for student-athletes and fans as well as the many community members who visit the Coliseum for a host of events.”

The project, which is expected to exceed $50 million, will provide many new and improved features, including a renovated main lobby, expanded concourses, a major expansion of the north side of the Coliseum and technology enhancements.

Recent donors of $1 million or more to the project include:

  • Belle Stumberg Berg ’71 and Donald A. Berg ’70, ’77
  • Jane R. Bolin and Pat S. Bolin ’73; Daniel H. Bolin ’76 and the Aurora and Phil Bolin Fund
  • Gina L. Bridwell and Tucker S. Bridwell ’73, ’74; Dian Graves Owen Foundation; and Tejon Energy LP
  • Gary Crum ’69 and Sylvie P. Crum
  • PlainsCapital Bank
  • Glenn A. Youngkin and Suzanne Schulze Youngkin ’89

To learn more, please contact Tim Leonard, senior associate athletic director for Development, at 214-768-4465 or tleonard@smu.edu.