PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida men’s basketball team received a $100,000 gift, the largest gift to athletics in school history, from long-time supporter and former athletic director Joe Ambersley in a presentation on Thursday. The gift comes in the form of an endowed scholarship for men’s basketball student-athletes created by the Ambersley Family Foundation.
“This leadership gift raises the bar as we move forward with our athletic vision that Joe helped create,” said UWF President Judith Bense. “We are very grateful to Joe and his family for this generous gift.”
Ambersley has been one of the department’s biggest assets for over 30 years, including a three-year stint as athletic director from 1981-1984. The UWF Athletics Hall of Fame inductee also coached the Argonauts baseball team in 1982, its second season, and led the team to a 31-20 record. He has also had stints as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team. Most recently, Ambersley served as co-chair of the UWF athletics visioning team in 2009.
Ambersley’s gifts to UWF athletics have been numerous, including leading a group of men’s basketball supporters to donate $50,000 upon the hiring of new head coach Bob Stinnett in 2009. Ambersley is using the $100,000 donation as a challenge gift to spur more donations to men’s basketball. The goal is to raise $200,000 for the men’s basketball endowment.
“I believe in UWF athletics and am excited about the future of the program,” said Ambersley. “My family and I wanted to make a lasting impact at UWF. The endowment will help Argonaut student-athletes for years and will continue to advance the men’s basketball team.”
For information on how to donate to the Argonaut Athletic Club, contact assistant athletic director Brett Berg at email@example.com or (850) 474-2019. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.