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Donor Stories

Want to know what drives our donors to give?  Check out our donor stories and hear from loyal, passionate Spartans why they INVEST IN CHAMPIONS.

  • Flozell Adams

    “The primary reason I made the financial commitment (in support of the North End Zone Expansion) is because there’s a real need for the new facility.  The reality is that the locker room has changed very little over the last 30 years, so it’s time for a major makeover.”

    To read more on Flozell’s leadership gift, please click here

    - Flozell Adams
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    City/Town of Residence:

    Flower Mound, Texas

    Spartan Member Since:

    2014

    Sports Played at MSU:

    Football '94-'97; 1st Team All-American & Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year (1997)

    Career:

    Former NFL Player for 13 seasons

    Spartan Fund Involvement:

    North End Zone Expansion

  • Pam Steckroat Treadway

    “MSU provided me with a great foundation to build a successful career. It was natural for me to give back to MSU and specifically to the areas that meant something to me and really formed who I am in my career, in my life and in my success. I feel like I am home when I am here.” To read more on Pam’s gift, please click here

    - Pam Steckroat Treadway
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    City/Town of Residence:

    Greenbrae, CA

    Spartan Member Since:

    2014

    Education:

    BA '72 Social Science; MBA '82 Business

    Sports Played at MSU:

    Gymnastics; two-time All-American Champion

    Career:

    Moon and Starts Consulting

    Spartan Fund Involvement:

    Endowment funds to support Student-Athlete Support Services, Women's Gymnastics, and an Endowed Scholarship targeted towards student-athletes pursuing MBAs

  • Craig & Vicki Brown

    “We’ve got to compete on all levels. The North End Zone project is synergistic with the improvements in the suites and will continue to raise the caliber of the entire athletic program and MSU.”

    - Craig & Vicki Brown
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    City/Town of Residence:

    Greenwich, Connecticut

    Spartan Member Since:

    1996

    Education:

    Craig MSU '73 Business, Vicki MSU '75 Education

    Career:

    President & CEO, Keelers Ridge Capital, Principal owner and President of The Greenville Drive, a Class A Boston Red Sox affiliate

    Spartan Fund Involvement:

    Alfred Berkowitz Basketball Complex, Men's Basketball Locker Room Renovation Project, North End Zone Facility Fund, Southwest Florida Spartans Endowed Fund of Intercollegiate Athletics

    Season Ticket Holder Since:

    2007

    Fondest MSU Memory:

    Their marriage proposal right on the banks of the Red Cedar.

  • Mark & Nancy Hollis

    “From my position, I understand the impact first-rate facilities have on the quality of an intercollegiate athletics program. My family and I wanted to join other donors to support this expansion of Spartan Stadium which is critical to the future of the football program and will improve the entire athletics program. We believe that all we have accomplished in our lives was positively affected by those who have walked with us on the MSU campus.”

    - Mark & Nancy Hollis
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    City/Town of Residence:

    Okemos, MI

    Spartan Member Since:

    1996

    Education:

    Mark-MSU '85 Communication MBA '92 from U of Colorado, Nancy- MSU '86 Financial Administration

    Sports Played at MSU:

    Basketball team manager under Jud Heathcote

    Career:

    Michigan State Athletics Director since 2008

    Spartan Fund Involvement:

    North End Zone Facility Fund

  • Bob and Bonnie Knutson

    “Our support of MSU Athletics is sort of like a milk stool, in that it rests on three legs.  First, we have always believed in the mantra that to whom much is given, much is expected.  We have been fortunate enough to have been given a strong educational foundation, enabling us to be successful in our chosen fields.  Second, paraphrasing the Greek philosopher, Diogenes, The foundation of every nation lies in the education of its youth.  To be a strong community, state, nation, and world, young people need the opportunity to receive a strong educational foundation.  Finally, we believe in the interrelationship among body, mind, and spirit.  Athletics integrates all three into the educational experience.”

    - Bob and Bonnie Knutson
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    City/Town of Residence:

    Delta Township, MI

    Spartan Member Since:

    1986

    Education:

    BA, MA, PhD all at MSU (Bonnie); BS at University of Illinois (Bob)

    Career:

    Professor (Bonnie); Financial/Wealth Advisor (Bob)

    Spartan Fund Involvement:

    Knutson Women’s Golf Endowment, Football Coaching Excellence Fund, Spartan Fund Rep Program

    Fondest MSU Memory:

    “There are three among thousands that stand out:

    [1] Sitting along the banks of the Red Cedar on a summer night feeding the ducks, listing to the bells, and having a picnic supper.

    [2] Watching our two daughters, and our first granddaughter graduated as Spartans. Our second granddaughter is now a Green & White freshman so she will be the fifth Spartan in our family.

    [3] Having the honor of being the first donors to receive the SF’s “Fans of the Game” award.  The “football” is encased and rests in our media room.”

  • Bob & Julie Skandalaris

    “I am competitive by personal makeup and take pleasure in meeting young athletes and following their careers. We are proud to help MSU Athletics in any way we can.”

    Bob and Julie committed the largest gift in MSU Athletics history to enhance the football, basketball, and golf programs.  To read more, click here.

    - Bob & Julie Skandalaris
    Michigan State University Skandalaris Recognition

    City/Town of Residence:

    Clarkston, MI

    Spartan Member Since:

    1996

    Education:

    Bob- MSU '74 BA Financial Administration, '12 Honorary Doctorate of Business, Eastern Michigan '76 M.S. Finance, Julie B.S. Nursing University of Detroit Mercy

    Sports Played at MSU:

    Lacrosse

    Career:

    CEO, Quantum Ventures

    Spartan Fund Involvement:

    Skandalaris Football Center, Golf Complex, Football North End Zone Project, Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, Duffy Daugherty Renovation Fund, George Webster Expendable Scholarship Fund

    Season Ticket Holder Since:

    for 15 years

    Fondest MSU Memory:

    Cutting the ribbon at the Demmer Family Hall of History opening.

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