DAYTON — An “ardent fan and longtime subscriber” has created a multimillion-dollar endowment that will fund the University of Dayton’s men’s basketball head coach position, the university announced Wednesday. evening.
The Dr. Stephen B. Levitt Men’s Basketball Coaching Chair is the largest donor-funded endowment involving a chaired position in university history, and the first head coaching chair endowment for the Flyers , Neil Sullivan, UD vice president and director of athletics, said in a prepared statement.
Anthony Grant, entering his sixth season as head coach, will be Levitt’s first head coach.
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The donation will accelerate the university’s ability to invest in the head coach’s salary and increase the excellent program associated with men’s basketball, according to the university.
“Along with Flyer fans everywhere, I am grateful for Dr. Levitt’s longstanding support of the men’s basketball program,” Sullivan said in the statement. “He has accompanied the men’s basketball program for decades, supporting hundreds of players and dozens of coaches. An endowed chair is one of higher education’s greatest honors, and thanks to his generosity, he deserves it.
UD describes Dr. Levitt as an ardent fan and long-time subscription holder who has always been very proud and interested in players and coaches.
“Over the past year, I have spoken at length with Neil Sullivan about what a meaningful legacy to give to this wonderful program would be, a legacy that would be there forever,” Dr. Levitt said in a statement included in the statement. ‘announcement. “It was decided that the endowment of the men’s basketball coaching chair would be the most sustainable and appropriate action. An endowed chair is a special opportunity, carrying considerable prestige and demonstrating the strongest commitment on the part of the donor and the university to a particular program.
Grant, the Flyers co-captain and 1987 UD graduate MVP, was the consensus national coach of the year in 2020.
“We are extremely grateful for Dr. Levitt’s generosity and commitment to the future of Dayton basketball,” Grant said in a prepared statement. “Having known Doc since my days as an undergrad at UD, I am honored to be the first head coach in his endowment. His impact on our program will be felt for generations to come.
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Levitt said he was very happy that Grant was the first recipient.
Dr. Levitt’s previous philanthropic leadership for Dayton athletics led to the creation of the Levitt Wall of Recognition in 2014, located in the South Hall of UD Arena, which includes the names of the many alumni, fans and friends who have financially supported UD throughout their lifespan.
Dr. Levitt founded Dermatologists of Southwest Ohio in 1978 and is a member of numerous professional medical organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology, Dayton Society of Internal Medicine, Montgomery County Medical Society, and Ohio State Medical Association. He retired from the active practice of medicine in 2018.
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