The family of the late Leo Seal Jr. have traditionally been huge supporters of Mississippi State football and today was another shining example of their generosity. The twin sons of Leo Seal Jr., Lee and Leo, made a 12 million dollar donation Wednesday in honor of their late father.
The money will go toward a football complex that will include a training and office facility. The building will provide a weight room, locker room, training room, and offices for the coaches. The project is estimated to cost somewhere between 20 and 25 million dollars. After today's donation and the donations of at least 35 other families, the fund has reached around 17 million dollars.
Athletic Director Scott Stricklin was both thankful and impressed with the Seal gift:
"The generosity of the Seal family has always set a great example of philanthropic donations to Mississippi State, both academics and athletics. Not only is it the largest gift in our athletics history, it will most likely be one of the largest gifts in all of college athletics this year. Lee and Leo have carried on the legacy of giving set forth by their father and grandfather."
The new football complex has been a vision Dan Mullen has had since he arrived in Starkville. He too responded with admiration and appreciation:
"I'm extremely appreciative of the Seals and other families who have helped make this a reality. This is a vital addition to our football program. We've talked since I've arrived at Mississippi State about getting all of our football operations under one roof, allowing us to have a daily interaction with each of our football players and continuing to develop the family atmosphere around our program. This will accomplish those goals."
In addition to the football complex, renovations are also planned for the football practice field.