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Alex Rodriguez Gift to Help MBA Curriculum for Pro Athletes

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    Rodriguez Gift

    From left, Sebastian the Ibis; former UM President Donna E. Shalala; Anuj Mehrotra, interim dean of the School of Business Administration; Thomas J. LeBlanc, executive vice president and provost; Sergio M. Gonzalez, senior vice president for University Advancement and External Affairs; Richard D. Fain, chair of UM’s Board of Trustees; UM Trustee Alex Rodriguez; UM President Julio Frenk; and UM Trustee Stuart A. Miller mark the occasion of Rodriguez’s gift to the business school by throwing up the U.

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 17, 2017) Alex Rodriguez, the retired longtime All Star for the New York Yankees, has made a $500,000 gift to the School of Business Administration to establish the Graduate Entrepreneurship and Innovation Endowed Fund to support new co-curricular programs for participants in the Miami Executive MBA for Artists and Athletes program and other MBA students. In recognition of his gift, a courtyard in the School of Business complex has been named the Alex Rodriguez Courtyard. Rodriguez, a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, joined University President Julio Frenk and other dignitaries in the courtyard dedication ceremony on February 17.

    “As an athlete and an entrepreneur, I am thrilled to help the School of Business create unique initiatives around innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the Executive MBA program for artists and athletes,” said Rodriguez. “It’s my hope that these initiatives will encourage athletes and others to explore their own entrepreneurial path outside what they are exposed to in the classroom.”

    The endowment will fund enrichment workshops in such areas as entrepreneurship, negotiation, multinational leadership, family business, and wealth management. These initiatives will focus on the most current and relevant issues to better prepare participants for the fast-changing business environment. Participants will receive assistance in forming businesses, personal development plans, and other related business initiatives.

    “The School of Business is committed to continuous innovation to ensure that our MBA and other programs are consistently relevant in the ever-changing business landscape,” said Anuj Mehrotra, interim dean of the School of Business Administration. “As such, we are extremely grateful for this gift, which will enable us to provide our students with even greater opportunities to gain the skills they need to start, work in and manage innovative organizations no matter how the world changes around them.”

    In 2002, Rodriguez, who accepted a football scholarship from the University of Miami in 1993 but signed with the Seattle Mariners after the team selected him No. 1 overall in the draft, donated $3.9 million to help renovate the University’s baseball stadium and fund an annual scholarship.

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