Former student-athlete donates $8 million

May, 1, 2012
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USC will build a new aquatics center funded by an $8 million gift from a former swimmer at the school, it announced Tuesday.

Wilfred "Fred" Uytengsu has made the largest donation ever to the Trojans' athletic department by a former student-athlete. He graduated with a business degree in 1983 and was captain of the men's swim team after initially joining the team as a walk-on.

The Uytengsu Aquatics Center will serve as home to the men's and women's swimming, diving and water polo teams. At Uytengsu's request, the pool will be named for his former coach, Peter Daland, who won nine national championships and 17 conference titles in more than 30 years on the job spanning five decades.

It'll be a state-of-the-art aquatics facility, including a new diving dry-land training area, a new dive tower, new locker rooms and coaches' offices, a new scoreboard with video capabilities and a stadium that will seat up to 2,500.

"We are extremely grateful for this transformative gift from Fred Uytengsu and his family," USC athletic director Pat Haden said in a statement. "It signifies their tremendous commitment to take our aquatics facilities - in which 20 national championships have been won - to the next level. The gift will also greatly enhance the experience of our swimming, diving and water polo team members."

The new facility will include a dive tower, locker and team rooms, coaches' offices, a scoreboard with video capabilities and a stadium that will seat up to 2,500.

Uytengsu, worth an estimated $150 million as of last year per Forbes, is president and CEO of a consumer foods company in the Philippines and is credited with bringing the Ironman race to the country.

His family also owns the Alaska Aces pro basketball team.

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