Murray State University has received a quarter of a million dollar donation to complete funding for the new Hall of Champions.
Former NFL player and MSU football Captain Bob Burton made the donation.
The proposed facility, known as The Burton Family Hall of Champions, will highlight men and women’s sports including football and basketball and will showcase championship teams, All-American players and Hall of Fame members.
"This is a generous gift by one of our most distinguished alumni, Dr. Bob Burton," says MSU President Bob Davies. "Dr. Burton was a nationally recognized collegiate football player and has distinguished himself in business. Currently, he serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Cenveo, Inc., a multi-billion dollar company and leader in the printing and publishing industries. We are very grateful to Dr. Burton, his wife, Paula, and his family for this very generous gift."
The new Hall of Champions will provide more than 2,300 square feet of display and interactive media space adjacent to the CFSB Center.
Burton is the recipient of two honorary doctorates in business from the University of Connecticut and Murray State University, where he was captain of the 1962 football team and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. Burton is a graduate of MSU and holds a master of arts degree and has completed additional post-graduate work at other universities. He has been recognized by MSU as a Distinguished Alumnus, recipient of the Golden Horseshoe award and member of the Racer Athletics Hall of Fame.
The facility is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015.