Bethune-Cookman University Kicks Off Phase II Of Athletic Facility Upgrades

Kickoff Event Raises More Than $120,000 For New Buildings, Equipment and More

DAYTONA BEACH – On Sept. 13, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) alum and attorney Larry R. Handfield hosted a fundraiser in Miami to kick off the next phase of the university’s athletic facility upgrades. In total, the event raised more than $120,000 for the project.

“Athletics is a very important part of the HBCU experience,” said Handfield. “As a former drum major, I believe it’s very important that B-CU continues to produce and expose our students to the very best experience so that they can be competitive on the field and also in the classroom, and to prepare them for a life of service after they graduate.”

The first phase of the project began in 2012 and was completed this past April with the groundbreaking of B-CU’s first on-campus practice field. The plans for the next phase include a new football locker room facility, administration building, equipment upgrades and more – the total cost of which is estimated to be $2.5 million.

“We are so grateful to our alumni for the continued support and opportunity to champion our athletics department,” said B-CU Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Reggie Theus. “With events like the one Larry hosted and donations from our community, we’re able to not only continue to expand our offerings for our athletes, but also to build the championship culture that makes us who we are at B-CU.”

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