On Wednesday afternoon, UCF held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of its newest building, the Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership.
The building will serve the academic needs of student-athletes and offers classrooms, tutoring rooms, advising offices and a technology center, among other education-focused amenities.
Leonard Williams, owner of the Williams Family Foundation and trustee of the Wayne Densch Charitable Trust, surrounded by his family and Athletic Director Danny White, cut the ribbon at around 3:15 p.m. symbolizing the official opening of the building that will provide student-athletes a designated space to study, meet with advisers and take part in other various academic activities in conference rooms and computer labs.
"We have so much to be proud of with our exceptional graduation rates and academic accomplishments," White said. "This incredible facility will only enhance the student-athletes' experience from here on out. Graduation is just the beginning. We take seriously the responsibility to help our student-athletes pursue personal and professional lives of success."
The three-story 22,000-square-foot building was constructed thanks to numerous donations from many different parties, but White made sure to thank one group in particular. Williams and his family donated $1 million dollars from the Williams Family Foundation while also standing behind another $4 million dollar donation that came from the Wayne Densch Charitable Trust.
"I think it's awesome that people are willing to provide a building like this for us," Davis said. "I think this building brings so much more than just the academic part of life. It's for the future and our careers."
On a bright and hot afternoon, White, along with the help of student-athletes such as redshirt sophomore A.J. Davis, helped answer questions, give tours around the new facility and show their appreciation for community efforts done for UCF.
Evan Abramson is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. You can follow him on Twitter at @Evan_Abramson and email him at EvanA@centralfloridafuture.com.