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Vince Naimoli and wife donate $1 million to USF athletics

Former Rays owner Vince Naimoli (center) and wife Lenda were recognized Saturday for their $1 million gift to USF athletics.

JOEY KNIGHT | Times

Former Rays owner Vince Naimoli (center) and wife Lenda were recognized Saturday for their $1 million gift to USF athletics.

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Former Rays owner Vince Naimoli might have had a love-hate relationship with local baseball fans, but he just might have forever endeared himself to the Bulls demographic Saturday.

Naimoli -- 79 and battling a brain disorder -- and wife Lenda were honored at halftime of the Bulls' spring game for their $1 million donation to the athletic department. The "Naimoli Family Gift" will support on-campus facility projects for tennis and football, as well as the renovation of the Fishman Family Student-Athlete Enrichment Center (SAEC).

"Lenda and Vince Naimoli are passionately invested in the success of USF Athletics and the University of South Florida," athletic director Mark Harlan said in a prepared statement.

"Their incredibly generous commitment is very exciting for our program and we are grateful and humbled by their vital support of our shared vision for excellence in the classroom, the community and in competition."

Lenda told the Tampa Bay Times in 2015 that her husband was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy in the fall of '14, and his health has steadily declined. He was led to the Corbett Stadium field in a golf cart Saturday before being assisted out for the midfield presentation.

[Last modified: Saturday, April 15, 2017 7:50pm]

    

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