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Nat Glover Jr., retired President of Edward Waters College, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, President Tim Cost and philanthropist Chuck Wodehouse announce Public Policy Minority Fellowship on February 15, 2018. In addition to providing leadership and investing his time and talent, Chuck also stood in the gap as a major financial supporter. Projects made possible because of commitments from the Wodehouse family and other donors include everything from fine arts programming to floating classrooms. "It's our feeling that JU is a great investment. I mean, if the University was a product in a business deal, I would invest in it hands down.” He said that, simply by looking at the facts—minimal risk and a terrific product— you can understand why surrounding markets cry out for it. “Every great city in the U.S. has a great, private university anchoring it, and Jacksonville has JU.” THE WHERE AND HOW OF PHILANTHROPY The logic behind knowing where and how to support? They describe it as an organic process. FEATURES "We see a need and know that we can do something about it," Cami said. She uses lacrosse as an example. They remember Paul and Mindy McCord as early champions of Lacrosse at JU. This struck home for the Wodehouses. "I wasn't a stellar lacrosse player in high school, but I knew the power of the game and how popular it had become," Chuck said. Chuck gives high praise to Coaches Mindy McCord and John Galloway, and agrees that Jacksonville University indeed has the potential to become the Lacrosse Capital of the South. "It's part of the secret sauce at JU. Our athletes are wonderful, have leadership skills, speak well in public, maintain high GPAs. These are the kind of graduates we seek," Chuck said. Jacksonville University Athletics has already broken ground on the Jacksonville Lacrosse Center (JLC), having reached the fundraising goal ahead of schedule. Completion is scheduled for this November with a dedication ceremony on the spring calendar. Senior Vice President and Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert said, “It is so rewarding to see all of the hard work coming to fruition. We identified this as a priority when I first took on this role, and thanks to the overwhelming generosity from the JU Family, we were ecstatic about putting shovels in the ground this summer.” The 8,600 sq. ft. building will serve as the new home for both the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs and is located adjacent to the grandstand on the north end of D.B. Milne Field. The $1.875 million facility will include everything from locker rooms, media areas, and lounges to coaches offices, training areas, and the outdoor gathering space that has been dubbed The Wodehouse Walk.