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Virginia Athletics Director Carla Williams will be part of a new working group that will examine student-athlete name, image and likeness rights, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.

On Thursday, the University of Virginia, the Department of Athletics and the Virginia Athletics Foundation announced an anonymous gift of $5 million to support both the Athletics Master Plan and the new Student Health & Wellness Center. The commitment includes a $4 million gift to the Athletics Master Plan and a $1 million gift to the Student Health & Wellness Center.

The new Athletics Master Plan complex will provide support facilities for more than 70 percent of Virginia’s sport programs and include a Football Operations Center, an Olympic Sports Center,three natural grass practice fields, a pedestrian promenade for improved connectivity between North and Central Grounds and a renovated McCue Center

The first phase of the Master Plan was initiated last fall, and more than 400 student-athletes, coaches and staff have moved out of University Hall and Onesty Hall and into the new Training Grounds area. University Hall, Onesty Hall and The Cage have been demolished, clearing the space for two grass practice fields for the football program.

“This very generous gift is a great boost for the Master Plan, and for that we are thankful,” said Virginia director of athletics Carla Williams. “We need gifts of all sizes to make this project a reality for UVA and our athletics community. While the donor for this gift wishes to remain anonymous, it is important for us to acknowledge how grateful we are for their tremendous support.”

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