Philanthropists Marilyn Silva-Lund and her husband, UCLA Alumnus David Lund, have donated $1 million to the UCLA Wasserman Football Center project. In honor of Marilyn and David’s generosity, UCLA will name the Wasserman Football Center’s Recruiting Lounge & Terrace in their honor.
“Marilyn and David’s generous commitment is a wonderful example of Bruins helping Bruins, ” said Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero. “Marilyn and David’s is a story of tremendous leadership, passion and commitment. Their love for UCLA is only surpassed by their desire to make a difference in the lives of others. This type of selflessness is rare. On behalf of Bruins everywhere, I would like to thank them not only for this gift, but for what they have meant to UCLA for more than 60 years.”
“I worked abroad for over thirty years living in Brussels and then London. I was absent from UCLA for so long, I wanted to be connected again, ” said David Lund. “UCLA was of great importance to my life and my career. For these reasons, we give to UCLA Athletics. I wanted to make up for all those missed years of UCLA football, basketball and other experiences. My wife and I started going to games again and do whatever we can do to help UCLA’s student-athletes.”
“This gift reflects our appreciation for Coach Jim Mora and our UCLA Football student-athletes, ” said Marilyn Silva-Lund. “Over the past three years we have been impressed by Coach Mora’s commitment to excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community with his and Shannon’s Count On Me Family Foundation. We are proud to invest in the future success of UCLA Football, of which the construction of the Wasserman Football Center is a major component, and hope that fellow Bruins will join us in continuing to make this project a reality.”
“It is humbling to see the impact our student-athletes have had on UCLA supporters in the short three years that I have been here, ” said head football coach Jim Mora. “Within the program, we talk all the time about simply ‘doing your job’ as it relates to the team. Our student-athletes have embraced that mentality, and as was witnessed this past season by the record attendance at the Rose Bowl, our fans have as well. With this exceptional gift, however, the Lunds have taken this notion to an entirely different level. On behalf of Bruins everywhere, thank you, Marilyn, and thank you, David.”