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Ferentz, wife commit to $500K for Iowa Football Legacy Campaign


Coach Kirk Ferentz and his wife Mary have committed to giving $500,000 to the Iowa Football Legacy Campaign.

The Iowa Football Legacy Campaign, which has a fundraising goal of $35 million, is comprised of two major projects for the Iowa Hawkeye football program -- a new indoor practice facility and the Football Operations Center.

The total cost of the two projects is $55 million. The University of Iowa Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will cover the balance.

More than $34 million has been raised for the campaign so far.

“When we started planning for the Iowa Football Legacy Campaign, Kirk and Mary were among the first to make a commitment,” Gary Barta, the UI’s director of athletics, said in a written statement. “Their support of this historic fundraising effort is indicative of their philanthropic leadership and reflects our vision to make a world-class Hawkeye football campus a reality.”

The indoor practice facility was completed in 2012 and is already in use.

The new 76,000 square-foot football operations center is expected to be finished next summer. It will include a strength training area with turf for speed and agility workouts, team meeting rooms, a player locker room, athletic training facilities, offices for coaches and staff and conference rooms.

It will also include Legacy Hall and the All-American Room. Legacy Hall is an area dedicated to the history and success of Hawkeye football. Those who contribute more than $5,000 to the campaign will be recognized on a plaque that will hang in Legacy Hall. The All-American Room will honor Iowa Football Consensus All-Americans. 

Iowa football letter winners who donate $1,000 or more to the campaign will have their names placed on a plaque that will hang in an area frequented by current and future student-athletes.

“Mary and I are pleased to be part of this exciting initiative. We’re also thankful to see many other contributors demonstrating their support,” Ferentz said in a written statement. “It’s critically important that we’re able to offer our student-athletes an exceptional experience and ensure that Hawkeye football remains competitive for many years to come.”

Kirk and Mary Ferentz have given generously to many areas of the University of Iowa over the last 10 years.

In 2003, they established the Kirk and Mary Ferentz Excellence and Innovation Fund in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a $100,000 gift. In 2006, they established the Ferentz Family Pediatric Research and Education Fund at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital with a $250,000 gift and established the John and Elsie Mae Ferentz Undergraduate Fellowships for Research in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a $150,000 gift.

Mary Ferentz is chair of the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Council, a group focused on helping UI Children’s Hospital become one of the best pediatric medical centers in the country.

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