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Houston Astros Owner Funds New Turf for UCM Baseball Stadium

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Gift from Jim Crane Allows UCM to Enhance Baseball Stadium with New Astro Turf

The University of Central Missouri along with Jim Crane, UCM alumnus and owner of the Houston Astros, have announced plans to upgrade the university's baseball facility with a new synthetic turf playing surface. The announcement of the gift from Crane, Houston, Texas, took place at a press conference at the stadium that bears his name, which also has benefitted through the former Mule baseball standout's generosity.. Read the news release. Watch the video of the announcement.

About the UCM Foundation

People often assume that state dollars cover the expense to operate a public university. Not so. Every year thousands of generous donors help support the Greater KC Foundation logoUniversity of Central Missouri. Their gifts are processed through the UCM Foundation, a nonprofit and IRS-authorized 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

In keeping with its mission to raise and manage private support for the University of Central Missouri, the UCM Foundation makes gift counts. It does this first by securing contributions, then by ensuring gifts benefit the specific areas donors designate or help to finance the university’s greatest needs. Private support makes it possible for Central Missouri to provide strong academic programs and the quality learning experience that positions our students for career success, resulting in better communities and a stronger nation.



Recent Gifts Helping UCM Students

  • $20,000 to endow new scholarship
  • $25 for Fund for Excellence
  • $50 to department scholarship
  • $25,000 for baseball scholarships
  • $25,000 for scholarships
  • $100,000 for wrestling
  • $250 for Fund for Excellence