Donation to Eastern Michigan honors former football player
Ypsilanti – A group of Eastern Michigan University alumni have given $1 million to the new Student-Athlete Performance Center on the school’s Ypsilanti campus.
The contribution by GameAbove was made in honor of Brian Clouse, a member of the school’s football team in the 1980s who died last June, Eastern Michigan said in a release.
The center’s main entrance has been named the Clouse Family Atrium. The 1,288-square-foot welcome room displays Eastern Michigan’s athletic championship successes, including a 1987 conference championship season and bowl win during Clouse’s final year on the football team.
The center also features the Brian Clouse Players’ Lounge.
The $20 million, 63,000-square-foot center opened in August and houses sports medicine, performance and equipment operations areas. It also has locker rooms, coaches’ offices, and meeting spaces for the football team.
GameAbove has donated more than $12 million to academic, athletic and supportive programs at Eastern Michigan over the past few months, the university said. That includes $3.5 million to support faculty and assist the academic and program needs of current and future students.
“We’re especially pleased to recognize Brian, who was a very giving, unselfish and gentle individual as well as an outstanding college athlete,” said Denis Wolcott, a spokesman for GameAbove.