AutoNation Donates New Turf Field and DRV PNK Scoreboard to St. Thomas University
Dedication and back-to-school celebration held to honor the occasion
With college football season about to kick off, St. Thomas University (STU) in Miami Gardens unveiled a new turf field, massive state-of-the-art DRV PNK scoreboard, and team uniforms thanks to an investment from AutoNation, America’s most admired automotive retailer.
STU is a federally designated minority-serving institution (MSI) and nearly half of the incoming first-year students this year will be first-generation college students. AutoNation’s significant donation will go a long way to support student success in the classroom and on the field.
“AutoNation is proud to support the STU community with this investment, which we believe will make a significant impact on the students who attend the university,” said Marc Cannon, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Experience Officer at AutoNation. “Our headquarters are here in South Florida, so opportunities to give back at the local level are incredibly important to us.”
University leaders were joined by AutoNation executives and elected officials at the dedication ceremony to name the new facility “AutoNation Field.” The giant 50 by 32-foot scoreboard is framed by AutoNation’s iconic DRVPNK license plate, which is a testament to the company’s philanthropic commitment to drive out cancer. AutoNation is driving towards $35 million to fight cancer through its DRVPNK initiative.
Following the field and scoreboard dedication and ribbon-cutting, more than 1,800 STU students enjoyed a welcome back party and celebrated the beginning of the new school year filled with promises for a bright future ahead.