Published On: Sun, Sep 25th, 2016

Jeffrey Soffer gives $14 million to University of Miami for indoor football practice facility

Jeffrey Soffer

 

South Florida real estate developer and philanthropist Jeffrey Soffer,  and other siblings, have made a $14 million commitment to University of Miami, the largest donation in the history of the Department of Athletics, in honor of thier mother, Carol. 

On Friday the University of Miami unveiled plans for the $34 million “Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility, ” an 81, 000-square-foot project. To date,  $24 million has already been pledged by donors for the facility so far with fundraising continuing through the fall. .

Groundbreaking will occur as soon as all funds have been committed.

UM athletic director Blake James expects the remaining $10 million to come from public donations and for construction to begin in the next 18 months and be completed by August 2018.

The 81, 800-square-foot facility will feature two field-turf fields – one 80 yards long and an additional 40-yard field directly connecting to the Squillante Strength and Conditioning Center.

Carol Soffer, namesake of the facility, is a lifelong champion of the University of Miami football program and athletics department,

Jeffrey Soffer’s mother, Carol, is a big UM football fan of the school’s athletic program. She is an active member of the University community. Originally from Chicago, Carol has been a Golden Cane Society donor for over 20 years.

“I’ve been a passionate supporter of the University of Miami Athletics Department for over 20 years, and I’m honored that my family and I can be part of this tremendous project, ” Carol Soffer said. “The football indoor practice facility will bring a new dimension to the University. It will have a lasting effect on all student-athletes now and in the future.”

Jeffrey Soffer said he’s never even been to a UM football game, but now that he’s all about Hurricanes football, he’ll be at a game soon.

Here’s video of Soffer at the announcement, courtesy the Miami Herald.

 

Jeffrey Soffer is married to former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Elle Macpherson, who was by her husband’s side during Friday’s announcement.

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