"We are so very grateful to the Walsworth family for everything they contribute to the University," MU Athletic Director Mike Alden said. "Their support for Mizzou Athletics over the years has been inspiring, and this announcement is yet another example of how they will provide a positive impact on student-athletes for generations to come."
Dan Walsworth, the CEO of Walsworth Publishing Company who had previously served as chairman of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, said the donation was about giving back to the program that his family has benefited from.
"This gift is indicative of the fantastic leadership of the university and the athletic department, including the outstanding coaches and staff," he said. "We love the move to the SEC and how far athletics has advanced to achieve national prominence in so many different sports. Our gift is also for the student athletes, as we believe their education should come first - an ideal I know our family shares with the university."