A Texas couple has donated $1.4 million to Regis University’s Athletics program to build a premiere practice facility to provide additional training space and accommodations for student athletes.
The Berce Athletic Center will be a multi-functional practice facility featuring two full basketball courts, volleyball courts, auxiliary centers for athletics training, strength and conditioning, and more. The largest single gift to the athletics department kicks off the first phase of the university’s 20-year master plan. Construction is set to begin in July with an anticipated opening in November.
Dan and Annie Berce, of Fort Worth, Texas, are Regis alumni – Dan earned his accounting degree at Regis in 1975 while Annie earned a degree in business administration in 1977. Dan serves on the board of trustees at Regis and has been an active volunteer leader at the Jesuit, Catholic university for many years.
“We are thrilled to be able to make this gift, especially since it will directly benefit students and student athletes,” said Dan Berce. “Access to quality athletic facilities is an important part of the Regis experience.”
Dan has served as the president and CEO of GM Financial in Fort Worth since 2005. Previously, he served as president from 2003-2005 and as the company’s chief financial officer from 1990 to 2003. GM Financial is the captive auto finance company for General Motors with operations in North America, South America and Asia. The company serves 14,000 dealers and 6 million customers worldwide, and has earning assets of nearly $100 billion, according to the most recent reports.
“We are tremendously grateful and proud that Dan and Annie have made this gift that supports our students and student-athletes,” said university president the Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J. “Their leadership and support for Regis University is truly making a difference today in the lives of our students, and with this new practice facility, the entire campus community will benefit from their generosity.”
The approximately 24,000-square-foot facility will be located north of the Regis Field House on its northwest Denver campus at W. 50th Avenue and Federal Boulevard.
“The Berce Athletic Center transforms our campus and athletics program by providing expanded opportunities for all, including our surrounding community,” said David Spafford, assistant vice president and director of athletics.
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