Mobile County Commission Funds USA Student-Athlete Facility
October 22, 2018
This morning, the Mobile County Commission approved a $2.5 million sponsorship agreement with the University of South Alabama for the Mobile County Center for Academic Success. The center, to be built at the universityâ€™s new stadium compound, will serve will serve more than 400 student-athletes from all 17 Division I Jaguar sports.
â€œThis presents a great opportunity to support the student-athletes in all sports at USA,â€ said Commission President Connie Hudson. â€œThe 7,800 square foot facility provides the resources for student-athletes to excel academically. We are proud of our partnership with USA and this investment in education here in Mobile County.â€
The center will be located in the football stadiumâ€™s administration building. It will provide individual and group study rooms with computers and printers and will also house tutoring facilities and counselorsâ€™ offices. The Commissionâ€™s sponsorship ensures permanent naming rights to the center.
Commissioner Merceria Ludgood said, â€œFor many students, athletics is their path to higher education and ultimately self-sufficiency. USAâ€™s commitment to its student-athletes provides educational opportunities to our entire region and beyond. The countyâ€™s contribution is an investment in the young adults who will lead our community.â€
Commissioner Jerry Carl was out of state and not present for the vote, but said, â€œThe Mobile County Commission is excited about supporting Jaguar sports and all its student-athletes. USA contributes so much to Mobile County. Weâ€™re happy to help sponsor its programs. Weâ€™re all Jag fans.â€