ALEX RODRIGUEZ COURTYARD DEDICATION
HONORS ALL-STAR’S $500,000 DONATION TO SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
BY LAUREN COMANDER

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When New York Yankees all-star Alex Rodriguez was a grade-schooler in Miami, he and his buddies would regularly sneak into ‘Canes baseball games, slipping in near the right or left field poles just after school let out and oftentimes not making it home until midnight. It was the only way the boy from a single-parent home would make it into the stadium, and he vowed that if he ever found financial stability, he would repay this debt to the University.

The longtime UM Board of Trustees member has spent 15 years doing just that. His latest contribution is a $500,000 gift establishing the Graduate Entrepreneurship and Innovation Endowed Fund at the School of Business. As a thank you for his gift, the School in February dedicated the Alex Rodriguez Courtyard in the interior of the School of Business complex. It was a festive ceremony that drew Rodriguez’s mother and siblings, as well as University President Julio Frenk, former President Donna Shalala, School of Business Interim Dean Anuj Mehrotra, UM Board of Trustees members and others.

Standing under a green and orange balloon arch, Rodriguez talked about his lifelong love of the University, which took hold during those Ron Fraser-era baseball games. “It made a huge impact on my life,” he said. He added that, as a UM trustee, “I’ve never spoken up at a board meeting – I’ve come close a few times. … I hope over the next 15 years I’ll get a chance to put to work what I’ve learned on this board and be an integral part in what happens at this University.”

Rodriguez’s endowment will help fund enrichment workshops in areas like negotiation, multinational leadership and entrepreneurship for participants in the School’s Miami Executive MBA for Artists and Athletes program and for other MBA students.

 

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