$10 million gift from Joan Secchia in support of varsity men’s and women’s tennis programs

Joan Secchia hits the tennis courts three to five times a week and cheers on the Spartan tennis student-athletes whenever she gets the chance. That love for the game and devotion to the success of Michigan State University’s student-athletes inspired Joan Secchia to commit $10 million in support of the university’s varsity men’s and women’s tennis programs.

“As a tennis enthusiast and a longtime Spartan, I am thrilled to make this commitment in support of both the men’s and women’s tennis programs at MSU,” Secchia said. “I am excited about the future of Spartan tennis and the impact this commitment will have on current and future student-athletes.”

The most immediate applications of Secchia’s gift include significant improvements to the Spartan tennis facilities, including new outdoor courts and enhanced spectator seating at the outdoor courts. Additional enhancements and upgrades using the funds will be determined later.

“Joan’s enduring generosity personifies a core principle of who we are as Spartans,” MSU President Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Ph.D. said. “Through her gift, she is enabling success for our women’s and men’s tennis programs and enriching the experiences of our student-athletes, and we are grateful for her everlasting commitment to Michigan State and Spartan Athletics.”

“We are extremely grateful for Joan Secchia’s generous commitment to our men’s and women’s tennis programs,” MSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Alan Haller said. “Joan is a longtime supporter of Spartan Athletics with a history of transformational giving. An avid tennis player herself, Joan’s gift will positively impact the student-athletes in our tennis programs for years to come.”

“Today is a momentous occasion for the Spartan tennis programs,” men’s tennis coach Harry Jadun said. “She has been a leader for our program and the impact she has had on our student-athletes extends far beyond the tennis court. Joan’s gift reflects a strong belief in Michigan State University and our tennis program. We are so thankful for her support. Our goal is to compete for championships, and Joan’s gift will allow us to do just that.”

“Spartan tennis is better today because of Joan Secchia and her gift,” women’s tennis coach Kim Bruno said. “I’m so excited about the proposed facility improvements and the lasting impact it will have on our team.”


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