The University of Wyoming will benefit from a total of $24 million that will fund plans to expand the Curtis and Marian Rochelle Athletics Center, thanks to Mick and Susie McMurry and the McMurry Foundation.  The announcement was made in the McMurry Foundation UW Legacy Hall at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center before the football game on Saturday.

"I know Mickey would be proud and humbled--very humbled--to have his name appear on the High Altitude Performance Center. We have great respect and confidence in the leadership of the University of Wyoming,” said Susie McMurry.

The McMurry donation totals $6 million.  Business partners, friends, and family are contributing another $6 million in honor of the late Mick McMurry, who passed away back in March.  The state of Wyoming will match that $12 million dollars, for a total of $24 million in funding for the expansion project that will cost $44 million.

“The McMurry Foundation continues to be a driving force for Wyoming and for high-quality education,” says Gov. Matt Mead. “The Mick and Susie McMurry High Altitude Performance Center will benefit athletes, enhance the university and be a point of pride for Wyoming. Susie continues the work she and Mick started. Many others continue to be inspired by their example and follow their lead,” he said.

The Rochelle Athletics Center is being updated and enlarged to include what will be the state-of-the-art Mick and Susie McMurry High Altitude Performance Center.  The addition will house an expanded Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, a larger Academic Center, a new Training Table and Nutrition Center, conditioning facilities, and a new weight room and locker room for the football team at the north end of War Memorial Stadium.

This most recent donation means that Mick and Susie McMurry are the largest supporters of the University of Wyoming; this is the first time their names will appear together on a project.

The couple, along with the McMurry Foundation, have donated $27.9 million to fund projects all across the UW campus, including the College of Education, the University Plaza and Conference Center, UW-Casper, the Wyoming Technology Business Center, UW Athletics, and the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

“I am so pleased the McMurry Family agreed to this amazing gift, as this will leave a legacy to a man whom I truly viewed as a mentor and a friend,” said Athletics Director Tom Burman. “Mick talked about ‘building a better Wyoming’ – this facility absolutely builds a better Wyoming athletics program, but equally important it will build better leaders. The facility and infrastructure will improve our ability to develop student-athletes in a world-class manner, and we are confident it will change Cowboy and Cowgirl athletics for decades.”