Ex-'kann Jonatan Vilma vèrs $ 450,000 Atletik UM
- Lendi, Out 01, 2011 1:52 PM
MIAMI, USA - Nan Madi, New Orleans Sen Liinebacker, Jonatan, Vilma, prezante dur Alma l 'yo, University of Miami (UM), yon don $ 450,000 ki ale nan direksyon konplete finansman an pou yon sant atletik.
The Theodore G. Schwartz and Todd G. Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence is set for construction beginning in December. In honor of Vilma's donation, UM will name the new players lounge in his honor.
“This donation is about the future, it’s about bringing the Hurricanes back on the horizon, bringing the Hurricanes back to dominance,” Vilma said to a small crowd.
“I don’t look at this like a gift, but rather embracing the future and moving forward. Just like the past, though, I do expect the same thing I had and that was developing players on and off the field. From business leaders to Super Bowl MVPs to leaders in the community to national championships. It’s our job as a Hurricane family that the current Canes that are sitting right here today reach their potential on and off the field. I want to be a part of that.”
Dapre la Jounal Miami Herald , Vilma thanked his parents, Fritz Vilma and Nelly Banatte, who also were on hand for the ceremony.
“You guys made me stand out and not fit in,” he said. “You guys taught me to do what’s right and not what’s popular. Most importantly, you taught me to be a man and not just an adult.”
“This donation is just as much our donation as it is mine.”
Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden, said “one of the things we talk about is gratitude and appreciation and I think this is the ultimate illustration of gratitude,” Golden said. “All you have to do is listen to his speech. If that doesn’t move you or help you understand what it means to be a part of the University of Miami football program, I don’t know what will. That’s an amazing human being right there. We’re grateful to him and his parents and we’re excited.”
Vilma met with Golden before making the donation, but said former coach Randy Shannon, who was his defensive coordinator for three seasons at UM from 2001 to 2003, was his inspiration for it “When he became head coach, I wanted to support him as much as possible,” Vilma said. “Obviously, things didn’t work out. But I’ve spoken with Al before and we have a great relationship.
“This is something that’s right. I’m old enough now to understand what it is to be rich, what it is to be wealthy. You get that in many different ways. And this is one of the ways to give back.”
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Sous: Jounal Miami Herald