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Richard Jefferson Gymnasium (M/W Basketball and Volleyball)


The Richard Jefferson Gymnasium was dedicated on Dec. 8, 2008 and serves as a multi-use facility for Arizona’s men’s and women’s basketball programs and volleyball program.

A 2001 NBA lottery pick, Jefferson donated $3.5 million as the lead gift. The gift is one of the largest individual donations to the University of Arizona athletic department and was, at the time, believed to be the largest ever given by a current professional athlete to his alma mater.

The 20,000-square foot gym houses two full basketball courts running end to end, east to west, as well as room for four basketball cross courts and five volleyball cross courts. Drop-down nets separate the main courts in order to add flexibility to the facility.

Individualized, coded access allows Arizona student-athletes the freedom to utilize Jefferson Gymnasium outside of normal practice hours and at their convenience.

Jefferson Gymnasium also houses the Cole and Jeannie Davis Strength & Conditioning Center, a state-of-the-art sports performance hub that serves Arizona student-athletes. Completed in 2011, the Davis Center includes an expansive weight room, a cardio room and a sports medicine area, as well as the latest in AV technology to enhance the workout environment.

Arizona head coach Sean Miller and his wife Amy made a sizeable donation in 2010 to set the project in motion before the Davises made a generous lead gift to cement the plans for the valuable sports-performance asset.