UAF Athletics receives $75,000 donation from Usibelli Coal Mine

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor, Daniel White, spoke to members of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce earlier Tuesday - highlighting recent UAF accomplishments, and future goals.
From increasing enrollment, to promoting safety, to building up the UAF community, White touched on a variety of topics while reflecting on his first year as UAF's Chancellor.
While White was eager to speak about the university, Usibelli Coal Mine was also eager to lend a hand.
With UAF Athletics facing cuts this past year, the Vice President, Public Relations at Usibelli Coal Mine, Lisa Cassino-Herbert presented White with a $75,000 dollar check to aid the program.
"The one quote that I wrote down that you [White] said is, UAF is going to have athletics and we're going to have a really strong athletic program and you know I think if we're going to have great athletes coming out of the university and representing our community then the business community should get behind and support that athletic program," she said.
According to a press release sent after the check presentation, the $75,000 is to create the UCM Nanook Athlete Support Fund for UAF’s Athletics Department.
Sterling Steward, Jr., Director of Athletics for the Alaska Nanooks was quoted in the press release saying, "This donation will help us complete the space by adding branded squat racks, benches, universal machines, training systems and more," he said.