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Donors support UNC student-athletes

Posted April 8, 2011

— Two recent donations to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will benefit student-athletes at the school.

R. Charles Loudermilk, a 1950 UNC graduate and chairman of Atlanta-based Aaron's Inc., has committed $7.5 million to create the Loudermilk Center for Excellence, which will include a strength and conditioning center for UNC's Olympic sports programs, facilities for men's lacrosse and a visitor's locker room that also could be split up for high school football championships.

The 150,000-square-foot facility is being built on the east side of Kenan Stadium as part of the stadium renovations and is expected to be completed by September, officials said. The center also will include premium seats for football games and offices for the athletics department.

The John William Pope Foundation of Raleigh has committed $3 million to improve the academic support program for student-athletes that the foundation first backed in 1986. The foundation was started by John W. Pope Sr., a 1947 UNC graduate and founder of the Variety Wholesalers Inc. chain of discount stores.

The new 29,000-square-foot John W. Pope Student-Athlete Academic Support Center will be in the Loudermilk Center and include classrooms for teaching and tutoring, advanced computer technology, a writing lab, reading rooms and office space. It also will house the Carolina Leadership Academy, which offers leadership training to Carolina’s student-athletes, coaches and staff and serves as a model for intercollegiate athletics.

“The Loudermilk Center is the heart of the Kenan project and will provide for one of the nation’s top academic support facilities,” Dick Baddour, UNC athletics director, said in a statement. "(The academic support center) is a showcase facility that will benefit student-athletes in every sport and will allow them to continue their collective goal to be productive members of their communities."

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  • findoutthefacts Apr 8, 3:07 p.m.

    "The brightest thing about you may be your complexion."jbarron4950

    Wow....that sounds like a racist statement to me.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Apr 8, 2:38 p.m.

    At least this is legal, normally they just give the athletes cash and jewelry at UNC...Amusedone

    A dumb comment by someone who is evidently not that bright. The brightest thing about you may be your complexion.
    jbarron4950
    April 8, 2011 1:20 p.m.
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    Too bad this "dumb" comment is the TRUTH...

  • EyesintheSkies Apr 8, 1:45 p.m.

    maybe Butch will put Loudermilk's phone number on his speed dial along with Bob Winston's.

  • jbarron4950 Apr 8, 1:20 p.m.

    At least this is legal, normally they just give the athletes cash and jewelry at UNC...Amusedone

    A dumb comment by someone who is evidently not that bright. The brightest thing about you may be your complexion.

  • Amusedone Apr 8, 1:06 p.m.

    At least this is legal, normally they just give the athletes cash and jewelry at UNC...

  • 27228 Apr 8, 12:58 p.m.

    What a waste. Why not donate money to programs at UNC designed to help kids from poor families get a great college education?

  • robster Apr 8, 12:50 p.m.

    wow...but nothing to help make tuition more affordable for students that really struggle to attend college...interesting....same at other schools...not singling out UNC here...sad state of priorities...