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Greek-American Ted Leonsis’ Charitable Foundation & Group Gift $200K to UDC

WASHINGTON, DC – The University of the District Columbia (UDC) announced that it received a $200,000 donation on February 19 from Greek-American businessman Ted Leonsis’ charitable foundation and professional sports ownership group as the school began a “sports-related fundraising drive,” the Washington Post reported.

“In ‘a surprise announcement’ during naming ceremonies for UDC’s athletic facility, the school said, it accepted the financial gift from the Leonsis Foundation and from Leonsis’ Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Washington Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics, among other properties,” the Post reported.

“At the ceremony, UDC named its athletic facility the Dr. Edwin Bancroft Henderson Sports Complex, after a 1904 graduate of UDC’s predecessor institution who was an educator, athlete, referee, basketball organizer, recreation worker, physical fitness advocate, and civil rights activist,” the Post reported, adding that “Henderson is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.”

“The $200,000 ‘lead gift’ from Leonsis’ groups comes at the start of UDC’s Memorial Fund Campaign, which is seeking to raise $2 million for upgrades to the sports complex, student scholarships and youth sports camps, the school said,” the Post reported.

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