May 16, 2014 6:29 AM by AP
McNeese State has received a more than $4.3 million gift from the H.C. Drew Estate Endowment to support its new multipurpose facility.
It's the university's second largest single private gift.
University President Dr. Philip Williams said Thursday the Health and Human Performance Educational Complex will be located near the Jack V. Doland Athletic Field House and will house programs in health and wellness, kinesiology, health performance, athletic training and sports medicine. There also will be an arena for intercollegiate volleyball and basketball games and cultural events.
Since 1981, the endowment has funded academic scholarships at McNeese and now supports more than 250 this year. Drew, a businessman and state senator, died in 1916 and asked that half his estate help provide educational opportunities for people in the Lake Charles area.