University of New England Receives $10 Million From Alfond Foundation

The Harold Alfond Foundation in Portland, Maine, has announced a $10 million grant to the University of New England for a new sports complex.

The largest gift in the university's history includes $7 million for the construction of a 105,000-square-foot athletics complex. After UNE raises an additional $7 million, the foundation will award $3 million to support inter-professional health workforce education.

The new facility, which will be named the Harold Alfond Athletics Complex, will include an ice hockey rink, a 1,200-seat basketball court, classroom space, a fitness center, and multi-purpose indoor practice courts that can be used for performances as well as other events.

"We are extremely grateful to the Harold Alfond Foundation for this transformational gift," said UNE president Danielle N. Ripich. "State-of-the-art educational and athletic facilities are fundamental resources that enhance the mental and physical well-being of our students. UNE's reputation, the institution's overall competitiveness, and our ability to recruit and retain academically engaged students will be forever changed by this very generous gift."

"The Harold Alfond Foundation Commits $10 Million to the University of New England." Harold Alfond Foundation Press Release 12/10/2010.