University of Central Florida head coach Scott Frost leads his football team onto the field before a 37-6 win over Tulane University at Bright House Networks Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. (Photo by Christopher Bobo / New Day Review)

University of Central Florida athletics are improving  on all fronts. From bowl-game appearances on the gridiron to winning starts on the hardwood, the Knights are putting themselves in a position to be one of the best athletic programs in the country.

On Wednesday, that goal came a little closer when vice chair of the UCF Board of Trustees Bob Garvy made a $1 million donation to UCF Athletics for the upcoming Garvy Center for Student-Athlete Nutrition. Per the release, finalization is still pending approval by the board of trustees.

According to a report by the Orlando Sentinel‘s Shannon Green, the total cost of the project is $1.7 million.

The Garvy Family Foundation also donated $1 million to the Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership in February 2014.

“My wife and I witnessed firsthand the tremendous benefit, opportunity and sacrifice of being a student-athlete at UCF,” Garvy said, per the release. “Our son Kevin played five years for the Knights football team while getting a great education, including an MBA. We wanted to extend our support in the critical area of nutrition to complement our commitment to the Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership.”

The desire for a nutrition center arose after Garvy and first-year UCF head coach Scott Frost had a conversation shortly after the latter was hired.

“On behalf of our entire athletic department and our student-athletes, we are so grateful for Bob Garvy’s generous gift to support the creation of the Garvy Center for Student-Athlete Nutrition,” UCF athletic director Danny White said, per the release. “Bob, Carol and their family have been amazing supporters of the Knights for a very long time, and we greatly appreciate everything they’ve done for the Black and Gold over the years.”

The new nutrition center is set to open by spring 2018.



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