Alum Jon Beason donates $250,000 to Miami Hurricanes indoor facility

Jon Beason as a Hurricane (left) and as a Carolina Panther. (Getty Images)

Jon Beason as a Hurricane (left) and as a Carolina Panther. (Getty Images)

Another former Hurricanes player has chipped in a big chunk to help his school get an indoor practice facility.

Linebacker Jon Beason, who played for Miami from 2003-06 before a nine-year NFL career, donated $250,000 to the project, UM Sr. Associate AD for Development Jesse Marks confirmed in a message Thursday.

UM later announced the defensive team meeting room in the new building will be named in Beason’s honor.

Athletics Director Blake James said the Hurricanes have raised more than $31 million of the $34 million needed to begin building the Carol Soffer Indoor Football Practice Facility, which UM hopes to complete by Aug. 2018.

[Video: Take a virtual tour of the practice facility]

A three-time Pro Bowler, Beason lives in Miami and is a CBS Sports analyst.

In a videotaped message released by UM, Beason said he wanted to give back and encouraged others to “pay it forward” by donating.

“Even when I was playing here, I always thought, ‘It’s a private school, we don’t have that much money because we haven’t been around as long as some of these other major universities. … I know that every dime that I give is going to impact some of these young kids who like me were afforded the opportunity to get a scholarship from the University of Miami.”

Richt has pledged $1 million to the project, which he says is necessary because of rain and lightning that regularly delays practices. Marks said former players have contributed more than $600,000, and UM has received eight gifts of $1 million-plus, including the Soffer family’s $14 million grant.

In other off-the-field news, WQAM (560 AM) announced a multi-year extension of its coverage of Hurricanes football and men’s basketball games. It has done so since 1999. However, the Herald reported it will stop broadcasting UM baseball games beginning in 2018. Those games can be heard on campus radio station WVUM 90.5-FM, and like nearly all UM sports, can be seen on ESPN3.com.

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