(Aug. 19, 2011) -- Local business leader Red McCombs announced Friday he will donate $1 million to UTSA Athletics, matching the single largest gift in department history. The announcement came during a local breakfast held by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce at Stonewerks Big Rock Grille at The Rim.
Additionally, the McCombs family pledged to purchase 1,000 tickets for UTSA's inaugural football game against Northeastern State Sept. 3 at the Alamodome.
"Red McCombs has been a steadfast supporter of UTSA," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "Like many in San Antonio, his enthusiasm for our new football program is unstoppable. With his help and the help of local business leaders, we are aiming to sell all 65,000 seats at our first game. Let's 'fill 'er up.'"
McCombs' million-dollar pledge kicks off a fundraising campaign to build practice facilities at the new UTSA Park West athletics complex near the intersection of Highway 1604 and Kyle Seale Parkway. Once completed, the complex will be home to all UTSA Athletics teams.
"Today, the center of San Antonio is UTSA," McCombs said. "We need a lot of things at UTSA. We have to have practice fields, and I'm going to kick that drive off today."
"We certainly appreciate Mr. McCombs and his gift and all of the support we've received in the San Antonio area," UTSA Head Football Coach Larry Coker said.
"What Red has pledged to our department is nothing short of amazing," said UTSA Athletics Director Lynn Hickey. "We want to thank him for his generosity and support of our athletics department."
At the Chamber breakfast, Hickey also announced Jim Bodenstedt, a graduate of the UTSA College of Business (1996), will purchase 500 tickets. Bodenstedt, and his wife, Cathy Bodenstedt, donated $1 million last year to support UTSA Athletics.
For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
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