Breidenthal Foundation Commits $250,000 to UMKC Women’s Basketball

Donors honor father’s enthusiasm for the team with valuable support
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The Breidenthal Foundation has committed $250,000 for a memorial gift to UMKC women’s basketball in honor of George Breidenthal, who was an avid sports fan. The gift is the largest in the women’s basketball team history.

This gift will undoubtedly elevate the program and prepare us for excellence for years to come. Brandon Martin, Ph. D., director of UMKC Athletics

The donation will provide new opportunities for UMKC women’s basketball. 

“The Breidenthals’ investment will help us tremendously,” said Jacie Hoyt, head coach of UMKC women’s basketball.  “These resources will help take our program to new heights in areas such as team travel and facility upgrades.”

McKenzie Breidenthal and her brother Ben Breidenthal, who are Breidenthal Foundation co-presidents, are inspired by their late father. George Breidenthal was a community leader and avid sports fan, particularly for women’s college basketball in Kansas and Missouri. 

“My dad’s giving was very heart-driven,” McKenzie said.  “If he saw people in need and he felt he could make an impact – whether it was in education, in the community or on the court- he did so.”

The Breidenthals’ gift will make a significant difference for the women’s basketball team.

“This gift will undoubtedly elevate the program and prepare us for excellence for years to come,” said Brandon Martin, Ph.D., director of UMKC Athletics. “We are grateful to have the Breidenthals as members of our Roo family.”

In two short years as head coach Hoyt and her coaching staff have already had the most season wins in a decade. This gift from the Breidenthal Foundation will enable UMKC Athletics to improve experiences for both athletes and fans.   

 

Published: Jul 30, 2019

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