Mizzou athletics receives anonymous donation of $6.4 million

Dak Dillon-US PRESSWIRE

It's the holiday season, and Missouri athletics recently received a large gift in the form of an anonymous donation.

The University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics recently received an anonymous donation of $6.4 million, according to the school's official website.

The donation was made by multiple donors, and it will go to the Tiger Scholarship Fund over the next 10 years, beginning in 2013. Missouri athletics director Mike Alden commented on the donation, calling it "generous" and a "transformational commitment:"

"We are so thankful for this generous gift, and the difference it will make at Mizzou," said Alden. "This transformational commitment allows us to continue our growth and to be a leader in the Southeastern Conference and nationally. This gift allows us to enhance our facilities and amenities for fans and student-athletes alike, as well as support our scholarship efforts for our men and women."

Missouri senior director of development T.J. Leon was the primary solicitor of the donation, and he gave credit to Tigers donors for their commitment to Missouri athletics:

"We're grateful for this wonderful act of generosity," Leon said. "The belief our donors have in Mizzou and our student-athletes is energizing. As we continue our transition into the SEC, facility improvements and scholarship endowments are crucial, and these donors would like to play an active role in us reaching our goals."

The Missouri football team went 5-7 in 2012, its first season in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers men's basketball team is currently 10-1 and ranked No. 12 in the nation.

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