Gift to improve University of Pacific sports facilities
Lagorio Family of Companies
Kathleen Lagorio Janssen and Dean Janssen donated $1 million to the University of the Pacific.
The gift was announced at the Pacific Athletic Foundation’s annual Orange & Black Ball on Aug. 27.
The prominent Central Valley philanthropists and business leaders gave the gift to expand Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium on the Stockton campus. It is one of the most significant donations in the school’s history.
The Janssen-Lagorio Performance Center is scheduled to open in spring 2017. It will offer state-of-the-art conditioning facilities and a “fuel station” for quick, nutritious snacks for student-athletes.
The school is undertaking a “crowdfunding” campaign to raise an additional $50,000 toward the $450,000 needed to complete, equip and maintain the facility.
The gym was built in 2009 and serves as the practice facility for basketball and volleyball teams, as well as for campus recreational sports.
Lagorio Janssen, who chairs the university’s Board of Regents, is an alumna of University of the Pacific’s Gladys L. Benerd School of Education.
She and her husband both began careers as teachers in the Stockton Unified School District before starting the Lagorio Family of Companies (a San Joaquin Partnership Investor). The Stockton-based company grows, packs and ships high-quality fruits and vegetables worldwide.
“Dean and I couldn’t be happier to make this gift,” Lagorio Janssen said in a press release. “Our Tigers deserve the highest quality facilities, and we are proud to be able to support them.”
The new performance center will also offer student-athletes more access to strength-and-conditioning training. The existing weight room currently serves about 350 students.
“The Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium has had a tremendous impact at Pacific and in the greater Central Valley region,” said Ted Leland, athletics director at University of the Pacific. “Dean and Kathy’s latest gift ensures that Pacific Athletics will continue to offer the world-class facilities that empower us to recruit and train the best and brightest student-athletes.”
- Central Valley Business Journal