UCF Athletics announced Wednesday that the Garvy Family Foundation has made a $1 million gift commitment to UCF Athletics to support the construction of the Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership.

The donation, made by Carol and Bob Garvy, will support the development of “the headquarters for UCF student-athletes’ personal, professional and academic development.” The center will house UCF’s Student-Athlete Leadership Institute, Academic Services for Student-Athletes, Student Services and Compliance departments.

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“We are fully supportive of the Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership and are pleased to be part of this exciting project,” Carol and Robert Garvy said. “UCF has become very special to us and we are particularly interested in the development and future of UCF student-athletes.”

The Garvys’ son Kevin was a member of the Knights football team from 2008-12, seeing action in every game of his senior season. Kevin Garvy is a 2012 UCF graduate with a bachelor’s degree in finance. The younger Garvy is currently enrolled at UCF as a graduate student and is scheduled to earn his MBA this spring. In addition, Robert Garvy is a member of the UCF Athletics Association Board of Directors and the UCF Board of Trustees.

“We are very grateful to Carol and Bob Garvy for this wonderful gift,” Stansbury said. “Thanks to this commitment from the Garvy Family Foundation, UCF student-athletes – our Everyday Champions – will continue to benefit from the Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership for years and years to come.”

The Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership will be located just east of and adjacent to Bright House Networks Stadium. Construction is slated to begin before the end of 2014.