Some seriously good news for UConn came down today. The school announced its largest donation toward athletics in school history-- a $4.5 million gesture that will go toward building a practice facility. The donation was made by the Werth family, located in Woodbridge, Conn., which is a town where I once refereed a private school basketball game. There are many white fences.
“The entire University of Connecticut community is grateful to the Werth family for the leadership role they are taking with this generous commitment towards the building of our new men’s and women’s basketball facility,” Susan Herbst, the president of UConn, said in a statement. “This historic gift will help us maintain the excellence that has long been synonymous with our University and its outstanding athletic programs.”
So, who are the appropriately named Werths? Peter Werth is the founder and CEO of Chemwerth Inc., which is a 29-year-old "drug development and supply company" in the Nutmeg State. Werth has been one of the biggest boosters at UConn for eight years.
“We are proud to make this commitment to UConn and its outstanding basketball programs,” the Werths said in a statement. “UConn Basketball is part of the fabric of our state, and we know that this facility will help the men’s and women’s teams be successful for years to come.”
The strange thing is ... I'm not so sure UConn needs a practice facility. Who knows; maybe it does. But Gampel Pavilion is smack-dab in the middle of the campus, and players are in there constantly. This will be another way to lure recruits, and in fact the facility probably won't even be finished until the end of/after Jim Calhoun's tenure.
New toys in the shapes of buildings are always morale-boosters and recruiting weapons. UConn just received quite the addition to its arsenal.Photo: AP