Cronk Donates $1,000,000 to UW Athletics Facilities Campaign

Nov. 14, 2006


A $1 million gift to the University of Wyoming Athletics Facilities Campaign by the David S. Cronk family has been announced by UW Athletics Director Tom Burman.

The Cronk Family commitment will be matched by the State of Wyoming, making it a $2,000,000 gift, according to Burman. He said that approximately $3.2 million remains in state matching funds, and brings the private giving total to approximately $12.8 million.

Cronk was a quarterback on the Cowboy football team, and earned two letters in 1960 and 1961 under Head Coach Bob Devaney. He is a native of Alpena, Mich., and currently resides in Englewood, Colo.

"I am very proud of the University of Wyoming, and have many fond memories of my time there," Cronk said. "I have made this gift in honor of the coaches who have been such an important part of my life, Bob Devaney, my head coach, as well as coaches Jim Ross, Lloyd Eaton and Paul Roach."

"We are deeply appreciative of this gift from Dave and his family," said Paul Roach, chairman of the Athletics Strategic Fund campaign. "Dave is extremely proud of his alma mater, and its athletic program. This gift is a reflection of his passion for the Cowboys and the Cowgirls."

According to Burman, the gift will be designated for the new indoor practice facility as well as for renovations to War Memorial Stadium.

"Dave's million-dollar commitment put us within reach of our goal, and allows us to move forward on these two existing projects," Burman said. "It is amazing how much Dave and his family have meant to this university and its athletics program."

UW's Athletic Strategic Plan addresses many facility needs, and was initiated to lay ground work for Wyoming's future success. Upgrades to the upper concourse of War Memorial Stadium, Jonah Field and the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex are projects already completed thanks to the Strategic Plan. Additional upgrades to the lower concourses of the stadium, as well as the indoor practice facility and the indoor tennis complex are three more projects addressed by the Plan. Construction is underway for the indoor practice facility which will ultimately benefit all 17 sports. It will be an impressive addition to the Wyoming athletic plant.