Directions & Map
Grad Rates & ASR
Hall of Fame
Self-Study Web Site
Spartan Street Team
Visiting Team Guide
USC Upstate Home
Aug. 1, 2008
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Upstate recently announced that Dan Adams, a 1983 graduate and president and CEO of The Capital Corporation, made the lead gift for the proposed Dan Adams Track & Field Complex, a project that is scheduled to be under construction within the next year. Track & field is a sport that was established with USC Upstate's recent move to Division I.
"Dan has been a tremendous friend to the University and the Athletics Department," said Director of Athletics Mike Hall. "With his generous lead gift for the track & field complex, it is appropriate to publicly acknowledge his dedication to the growth of the University and its athletics program."
Ever the astute businessman, Adams clearly recognizes the economic impact that the University - students, athletic programs, potential jobs - makes on the region. He also realizes the impact that top-notch athletic facilities has on the recruitment of student athletes and coaches. Adams points to the successful history of the soccer and baseball programs as the impact a new track & field facility will have at the University. Not only will USC Upstate be able to recruit nationally-recognized student athletes, but the opportunity to host prominent competitions that will directly benefit the Spartanburg community in economic terms is also a great possibility.
Track and Field Head Coach Jimmy Stephens has been coaching for 21 years and knows that the Upstate region is very rich in track and field athletes. Both Dorman High School and Spartanburg High School have won state titles in the sport, which means there is an exceptional talent pool of potential students from which to recruit. Stephens knows that having such a jewel as the Dan Adams Track & Field Complex will not only serve as a great recruiting tool, but will also attract big events and positively affect the youth in the area with setting and achieving their track and field goals.
"With this gift, Dan Adams is not only assuring the future of the program at USC Upstate but he is also creating a greater interest in track and field in the community," said Stephens.
Adams is quick to credit generous people like Cleveland Harley and Frank Cyrill, both of whom have athletic venues named in their honor, for enabling USC Upstate to grow and reach new heights.
"I love this University and am glad to be able to help in providing a new facility for the track & field program," said Adams. "People like me who have benefited from USC Upstate need to get involved and I hope that my gift encourages others to follow."