University of Arizona alumnus and letterwinner Douglas Allred has committed a $1 million matching gift to Arizona Athletics through Arizona NOW, the University's $1.5 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign. Allred challenged the athletics department's development arm, the Wildcat Club, to generate $1 million in new capital campaign donations that he would then match. The target amount was reached during the week of Jan. 12. This is Allred's third significant gift to Arizona Athletics after having donated $250,000 on two separate occasions.
"As an alumnus of the University of Arizona and a letterwinner, the UA holds a special place in my heart," Allred said. "The education I received and the life lessons I acquired as a member of the football team have served me well throughout my career. In addition, the lifelong friendships I was able to develop during my time at Arizona remain a valuable part of my college experience and are a major factor in why I chose to support the athletics department with this donation."
Allred requested that this gift be directed to the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility and the ongoing debt service associated with the construction of the $72 million building. A critical component in Arizona's recent success on the gridiron, LSFF opened in the summer of 2013 and put the football program's facilities on par with its competitors in the Pac-12 and around the nation. The facility is a five-story operations center with strength and conditioning, sports medicine, coaches' offices, locker rooms, meeting rooms, players' lounge, and equipment and facility service areas. Additionally, LSFF houses the Bear Down Kitchen, which offers food service to all of Arizona Athletics' student-athletes, including the football program, as well as the general public.
"I greatly admire the leadership of Greg Byrne, Rich Rodriguez, Sean Miller and the other coaches and staff currently working in the department," Allred added. "We're fortunate to have this group working with Arizona Athletics' young men and women. I'm happy to be able to invest in the success and continued growth of Arizona Athletics and I hope my contribution will serve the student-athletes and department well."
Allred earned a bachelor's degree in business and lettered as an offensive lineman for the Wildcats in 1956 and '57. While in Tucson, he was enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officer candidate program and obtained a commission after graduation. His three and a half year naval career included shipboard duty and graduation from the Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) training program. After training, Allred was assigned to UDT II, which would later become Navy Seal Team 5 based in Coronado, California.
"It's always a wonderful thing to announce a gift to the athletics department, but there is something special about doing so when the gift is coming from a former student-athlete," said Director of Athletics Greg Byrne. "Doug has been extremely generous to the athletics department over the last several years and we can't thank him enough for his contribution."
Upon release from the Navy, Allred started his real estate career at Coldwell Banker
& Company as a commissioned salesman. In 1970, Allred co-founded Lion Property Corporation and served as the firm's president and chief executive officer for 11 years. In 1981, Lion Property Corporation was dissolved, and Allred formed the Douglas Allred Company, a diversified real estate firm providing residential and commercial land development, construction, marketing and property management services. The firm has developed over 6,300 multi-family and single-family residential units and more than 5,500,000 sq. ft. of commercial, industrial and retail space. While headquartered in San Diego, substantially all new development projects for the Douglas Allred Company in the last 15 years have been in metro Phoenix.
"The support of Doug Allred and others like him is what makes Arizona Athletics special," said UA President Ann Weaver Hart. "When former Wildcats provide for the student-athletes of the future, a profound statement is made and our University community is enriched. We are grateful to Doug for this generous gift."
Allred has and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of prominent business and community institutions, including the San Dieguito Boys & Girls Club. In addition to generously supporting San Diego's youth, Allred is committed to supporting military families through organizations such as the Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation. He has proudly supported the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, the San Diego Hall of Champions, as well as the Torrey Pines High School and Rancho Santa Fe Youth Booster Clubs. Allred has five children and 14 grandchildren.
"I've had the chance to get to know Doug over the last few years and you can tell that he really enjoyed his time as a Wildcat and wants to do whatever he can to help the program," head football coach Rich Rodriguez said. "It is people like Doug Allred and their willingness to support not just the football program, but all of Arizona Athletics, that are going to help us continue to grow our programs."
Arizona Athletics receives no state appropriations or student fees, but does receive 315 tuition waivers annually, authorized by the Arizona Board of Regents. Tuition waivers are also granted to ASU and NAU. The athletics department is responsible for the cost of room, board and books to supplement the tuition waivers and is responsible for generating revenues to cover the department's annual operating costs and budgetary obligations. Additionally, all funds required for new facilities and renovations are provided through the continued support and generosity of athletics department ticket buyers and donors.
"We deeply appreciate Doug Allred's investment in the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility through Arizona NOW," said James H. Moore, Jr., president and CEO of the UA Foundation. "Beyond being a fan-friendly venue and a great gameday experience, Lowell-Stevens is a place where student-athletes build resilience, drive, maturity and strength. Doug's gift is also very special because he is a UA Wildcat investing in his alma mater and the future of our Wildcat athletics program. We couldn't be more grateful for his generosity and the example he has provided for others to follow."
The University of Arizona Foundation is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the University of Arizona and managing Arizona NOW, the University's comprehensive $1.5 billion fundraising campaign. Managing an existing asset base of nearly $820 million, the UA Foundation has helped generate nearly $3 billion in private funding to support the University.