Athletics announces the Mark Twain Legacy Plaza Brick Campaign

Pictured is a rendering of the planned renovation for the entrance to the Mark Twain Athletic & Fitness Center.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis Department of Athletics is giving its fans and supporters the chance to cement their legacy as Director of Athletics Lori Flanagan announced the Mark Twain Legacy Plaza Brick Campaign this week.

“This is a great opportunity for supporters to be a part of UMSL history,” Flanagan said.

The Mark Twain Athletic & Fitness Center has been part of the daily lives for thousands of students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of UMSL since 1971.

To mark its 40th year, the Department of Athletics is initiating the Mark Twain revitalization project, which will include an all-new state-of-the-art recreational fitness center as well as a comprehensive multi-functional athletic facility that will benefit the entire UMSL community, including alumni.

A newly renovated front entrance of the Mark Twain building will also be developed as a courtyard with personalized bricks lining the walkway.

UMSL fans, both Tritons and Rivermen alike, will be able to purchase these bricks engraved with a personalized message. The bricks will then be installed along the walkway and will forever be a permanent part of the university’s future.

There are a variety of sizes and prices available for individuals for the bricks. With each brick purchased, individuals will also receive an identical replica, made of the same material as those used in the Mark Twain Legacy Plaza.

The commemorative bricks are available in three different sizes and feature up to six lines of text, beginning at $165. The bricks also feature an option of including either the Tritons or Rivermen logo.

“This brick campaign gives supporters the chance to leave their legacy and help pave the way to excellence for our students,” Flanagan said. “Join us as we celebrate the past and help secure the future for UMSL Athletics.”

Funds from the Mark Twain Legacy Plaza Brick Campaign are targeted for three revitalization projects surrounding athletic facilities.

The first targeted area is the renovation and expansion of the existing first-floor fitness center to become a dedicated recreational fitness center for use by the greater university community and to reconfigure the existing basement weight room into an athletic training center for UMSL student-athletes.

The second area is to evaluate underutilized space where possible for office and team use.

Finally, a third goal would be the addition of a batting cage facility adjacent to the Mark Twain building, which will benefit the softball and baseball teams.

UMSL’s brick vendor for this project is Fund Raisers, Ltd., the same company used by the St. Louis Cardinals in their brick campaign as part of the new stadium, which sold more than 22,000 bricks.

Call 1-877-NO1-UMSL (661-8675) for additional information on the Mark Twain Legacy Brick Campaign .

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