Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation gives $500,000 grant for renovation
December 18, 2009
Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation has made a $500,000 two-to-one challenge grant to support the renovation project at the Dan and Ada Rice Center on the campus of Benedictine University.
The foundation will award the grant in two installments – the first in December 2010 and the second in December 2011. The foundation challenged the University to raise an additional $1 million to assist the renovation project.
“Dan and Ada Rice saw the vision that the University had more than 30 years ago of developing student-athletes academically, athletically and as persons,” said John Morris, assistant director of athletics at Benedictine University. “The foundation continues to see our vision moving forward and wants to be a part of it.”
Dedicated in 1977, the Rice Center is home to Benedictine University’s volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball teams. The facility also houses classrooms, coaches’ offices, a weight room, fitness center, locker rooms, indoor track and field facilities, a batting cage and the Trophy Room.
A renovation of the Rice Center began in the fall of 2009. The first phase involves the replacement of the basketball floor with a new, elevated hardwood competition floor. Completion of the first phase will eventually include a new telescopic bleacher system with preferred seating, island baskets and a state-of-the-art scoreboard.
Future upgrades to the Rice Center will include a 7,500-square foot cardio and circuit training area, a 5,200-square foot strength training area, the “Dan and Ada Rice Legends Center” which will house the Athletic Hall of Fame, a reception area, fitness center, yoga/pilates studio and conference center.
“The support shown by the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation to the University reminds us of the legacy of our founders – people whose belief in the University’s mission and vision resonates even today,” said Charles Gregory, executive vice president of Benedictine University.
The Rice Center is located at the corner of College Road and Maple Avenue and is adjacent to the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex, which features a baseball diamond, softball field and football/soccer stadium encircled by a nine-lane track.
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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education
recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes
magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business
as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.