Ollie pledges $100,000 for new practice facility

UConn coach Kevin Ollie has pledged $100,000 to the UConn Basketball Development Center, the school announced Wednesday.

Kevin Ollie (UConn athletics)

The University currently has $24 million in donations and pledges, and the Board of Trustees approved the final construction budget of $33 million for facility Wednesday.  The official groundbreaking will take place this spring, the school said.

Ollie, the head coach for the past two months and a former player from 1991-95, said it was “very important to show my commitment to the UConn Basketball Development Center.”

“I have had the incredible opportunity to be a member of the Husky family and that experience has influenced every part of my life,” Ollie said in a statement. “I want to be an example for all former UConn basketball student-athletes, who have had the privilege of playing for two Hall of Fame coaches, to join me in supporting this facility. It will help ensure the long-term success of the programs that all of us helped establish.”

The University continues to actively fundraise to secure the total costs of the project, which will be $38 million, including furniture, fixtures and equipment.