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UF's athletics donates $6-mil to stem academic budget woes

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Gators Who says college sports don't benefit academic programs?

UF's athletic association will donate $6-million to support several academic initiatives threatened by the looming state budget cuts, UF president Bernie Machen announced today.

"Our athletics programs have had tremendous success during the past couple of years," Machen said. "It takes a great academic university to be a top athletic university."

Some of the money will sustain the Florida Opportunity Scholars program, which covers tuition, room and board for low-income students who are the first in their family to attend a four-year university.

UAA has given nearly $40 million back to the university since 1990.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:21am]

    

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