Alan Fox Donates $2 Million to Wake Forest Football Program
Feb. 6, 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest University alumnus and Winston-Salem native Alan Fox ('79, MBA '81, P '12) has donated $2 million in support of the Wake Forest football program. His gift brings the total amount raised for Wake Forest football to $5 million since the launch of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest in October, demonstrating significant momentum for a new era in Wake Forest football under Coach Dave Clawson.
Fox's gift will allow Wake Forest to start the design process for a new sports performance center, including space for coaches' offices, team meeting rooms and other player areas. The plans are designed to improve upon the current Bob McCreary Strength and Conditioning Center with a new facility that can accommodate not only football, but also the training needs of more than 350 student-athletes that compete in 18 sports. The facility will also enhance the nutrition program for Wake Forest student-athletes.
"We are grateful for Alan's generous gift, which will inspire excellence in our student-athletes and positively affect the entire University," said President Nathan O. Hatch. "Philanthropic investments in our flagship athletic programs can have benefits on the playing field and in the classroom alike, generating additional resources, improving our national reputation, and boosting school pride."
The announcement of Fox's gift comes just one day after Wake Forest welcomed 26 football prospective student-athletes who have signed a National Letter of Intent.
"Providing the Sports Performance Center to prepare our athletes to compete at the highest level is paramount. Our plans for this facility will allow us to provide critical resources and support services for our student-athletes and will significantly enhance our recruiting efforts," said Director of Athletics Ron Wellman. "Alan's gift helps make our vision one step closer to reality."
Fox serves as the Chairman and CEO of Vacations To Go, one of the largest online U.S. travel agencies. He and his wife, Karen, have been longtime supporters of the University and the Athletic Department. Prior to his gift to the football program, Alan and Karen funded a scholarship program for service trips abroad through the Center for Global Programs and Studies at Wake Forest. Fox has supported the athletic department as a member of Moricle Society for six years, has served on the Deacon Club Board of Directors and is a current member of the Athletic Executive Committee for the Wake Will campaign.
Fox was inspired to reengage with the University and the athletic programs when his son, Christopher Fox ('12), was accepted during his senior year of high school.
"Christopher noticed when he was about 16 that in almost every picture from his childhood he was wearing a Wake Forest cap or t-shirt," Fox explained. "We would bring him through campus when we would visit my parents in Winston-Salem, so when he expressed interest in applying and coming in for an interview, I was very excited about the possibility that he would go here. When he was accepted and chose Wake Forest over some of the Texas schools that were his alternatives, I purchased a home here and started to reconnect," Fox explained.
Alan was also drawn to the Athletic Department through his cousin, Bryan Andrews.
"One of my first experiences at a football game in many years was sitting up in the Moricle Suite, and there is no better way to watch a football game," said Fox. Along with the amenities of the newly-constructed Deacon Tower, Alan greatly enjoyed the camaraderie and game day atmosphere.
When asked what motivated him to make this recent donation, Fox said, "I believe very strongly that we have the right coach to lead us into the future, that we have the right plan for these facilities, and that we need these facilities to remain competitive in the ACC. I'm happy I'm able to support the project."
To learn more about Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest, or to make a donation, please visit wakewill.wfu.edu.
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