Tito’s Vodka donates $20 million to Texas Athletics for new practice facility

The University of Texas received a large donation from an interesting source.

Tito’s Handmade Austin Vodka announcement a $20 million investment in Texas athletics on Monday. The investment includes the construction of new training facilities for men’s and women’s basketball, rowing and soccer.

“What a tremendous show of support and pride for Longhorn from Tito Beveridge thanks to Tito’s philanthropic generosity,” said UT vice president and athletic director Chris Del Conte.

“This is such a life-changing commitment and investment in the success of our athletics programs and all of our student-athletes. The resources required to build an all-new, state-of-the-art facility and the development of so many world-class programs allow us to continue to deliver the very best to our student-athletes and truly demonstrate their commitment to excellence at The University of Texas.

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Bert “Tito” Beveridge, founder and master distiller of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, earned degrees in geology and geophysics in Texas.

Through the brand’s “Love, Tito’s” philanthropic program, Texas has received $7 million to date. This includes funding for high-end equipment to enable more structural biology research at the College of Natural Sciences, as well as support for the development of predictive models and strategies to control the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. .

“The education I received at UT changed the course of my life. When you study geology, you study all sciences. “to be alive. I enjoy that education to this day and am forever grateful to the University for enriching my life experience in so many ways,” Beveridge said.

“Giving back to student-athletes complements the support we provide for scientific research at UT. We hope this gift helps Longhorns excel on and off the field throughout their lives, find something they love to do that they are good at, and share those passions and talents with their communities.

The men’s and women’s basketball and rowing practice facility will be located adjacent to the new Moody Center and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022.

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