The Lovelace Family donated $2.5 million toward the construction of the new indoor practice facility that will be used by the football team and others.
“Our family is very excited to see the UNT football program starting to achieve its potential,” Don Lovelace said. “The UNT football program, under the leadership of President Neal Smatresk, Athletics Director Wren Baker, and head football coach Seth Littrell, is bringing championship football to our university, and doing it the right way, by building champions and preparing leaders. We are optimistic that the addition of this indoor practice facility will further enhance this cause.”
Patty has been involved in a variety of philanthropic efforts with several local charitable organizations including The American Cancer Society, Denton State School and Serve Denton. She has been active in various school organizations at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, where Dillon graduated from and Dillon’s daughter Macey currently attends.
Dillon serves as corporate vice president of Lily of the Desert and oversees commercial strategy and operations of the Denton-based company. He has been closely involved with North Texas Athletics for more than a decade, donating toward special projects and serving on various advisory committees.
Construction on the indoor football practice facility will begin this fall, with completion scheduled for the summer of 2019. The facility will be constructed adjacent to the Mean Green Athletics Center, taking the place of one of the current grass practice fields. An official groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility will take place on September 29 at 3 p.m., prior to the Joe Greene statue unveiling at 4 p.m. and the Mean Green football game against Louisiana Tech at 6:30.
This is good. If you’ve played football at any level in this state you know how hot it can get. The knock on NT for a while has been the relative paucity in donations compared to the big P-5 schools. The truth has always been that there is money in the area, and donors willing to support the program if they felt there was quality leadership. The underlying structure of the recent success at North Texas has been key.