October 10, 2002
Rangers shortstop and Miami resident Alex Rodriguez made a $3.9 million contribution to the University if Miami. The gift will fund an annual scholarship for a member of the Boys & Girls Club of America and help renovate the baseball stadium.
Rodriguez, who turned down a scholarship to Miami to sign with the Mariners after they made him the first overall pick in 1993, also announced his intention to enroll at the university and get his degree.
“When I signed my contract with the Seattle Mariners in 1993, there was only one other possible decision I might have made,” Rodriguez said. “I could have enrolled at Miami. I chose baseball first but I always expected–and promised my mother–I would one day enroll in the university and get my degree. That day has arrived.
“And to highlight the importance of a college education, I am thrilled to also fund a scholarship for a Boys & Girls Club member, and provide funds to begin the renovation of the ballpark.”
The lead gift to the stadium renovation campaign represents the largest contribution ever to the Miami baseball program. The University will name the newly renovated facility Alex Rodriguez Park upon its construction. The gift also officially kicks off the athletic department’s phase of UM’s fundraising campaign.