A New Look Court: Don Haskins Center Set to Redesign Hardwood Amid Several Facility Upgrades
The Don Haskins Center court is getting a significant redesign prior to the 2021-22 basketball season thanks to a $100,000 donation from the Cardwell Family, as announced by the athletics department on Tuesday.
The court will feature the Franklin Mountains and El Paso's famous star on the mountain. On the top left, the court will pay homage to legendary coach Don Haskins and include his signature on the floor. On the opposite side of The Bear's signature, the phrase "Glory Road" will be placed on the court in order to honor the 1966 Texas Western National Championship team.
Other improvements to the Don Haskins Center will include updating the current banners hanging in the rafters. They will show off a new 1966 Texas Western National Championship banner and a second one to honor The Bear's 719 career wins.
The Foster Steven's Center will also get enhanced improvements in the main lobby area to recognize the 1966 Texas Western National Championship.
Last week, UTEP announced the creation of a new courtside club area at the Haskins Center for Miner fans and donors, thanks to a $500,000 gift from the Gordon family.
Jim Senter, UTEP Director of Athletics:
“A big thanks to Jim, Julie, Trey and the Cardwell family for this gift and their continued support of UTEP and UTEP Athletics,” UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter said. “Through their generosity, we will be able to tackle various projects that pertain to Miner Basketball, improving aesthetics in multiple facilities. These updates are important for branding, recruiting and ultimately, signals progress – we have to keep improving.”
The Cardwell Family:
“The Cardwell family is proud to support UTEP Athletics and the vision of Jim Senter and the Department,” the Cardwell family said. “We, like other Miners, have high expectations for UTEP and want to help Athletics and the University in reaching those aspirations. UTEP is so important to this community. When UTEP is successful, El Paso and the surrounding region thrives."