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In recognition of largest gift in IU Athletics history, home of IU Hoosiers to be renamed the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie today announced that IU Athletics has received a $40 million gift - the largest in its history - from IU alumna Cindy Simon Skjodt to provide much-needed renovations to Assembly Hall and launch IU Athletics’ ambitious and unprecedented $150 million “Catching Excellence: The Campaign for Indiana University Athletics” capital campaign. McRobbie also announced that in honor of the landmark gift made by Catching Excellence co-chair Cindy Simon Skjodt and her philanthropic organization, the Samerian Foundation, IU will rename Assembly Hall the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

“The Simon Family name has long been synonymous with transformative philanthropy, and this extraordinary gift from Cindy Simon Skjodt and her family will allow IU to preserve and improve one of the great venues in college athletics for the next generation of Hoosier basketball fans, ” McRobbie said. “We are deeply indebted to Cindy Simon Skjodt and the entire Simon family for their deep and continued support across the full spectrum of Indiana University’s mission.”

Simon Skjodt, a well-known philanthropist and passionate community leader, and the entire Simon family have been particularly generous to Indiana University, with a $50 million gift to the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis and the creation of Simon Hall on the Bloomington campus as a center for multidisciplinary science. Simon Skjodt recently endowed the Melvin Simon Chair in Philanthropy at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in honor of her late father.

Other recent philanthropic gifts by Simon Skjodt have included a $2 million gift to IU Health Methodist Hospital for a new institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Center for Professional Enrichment and a $2 million gift to endow a chair in the Herron School of Art and Design’s art therapy program. Simon Skjodt has also helped to fund overseas study scholarships through the IU College of Arts and Sciences, committed funding to help create the IU Health Riley Hospital for Children Simon Family Tower, and supported along with her siblings the Bess Meshulam Simon Music Library and Recital Center on the Bloomington campus in honor of her late mother.

“I grew up going to Indiana University games and have great memories of watching basketball games with my father, ” Simon Skjodt said. “The atmosphere in Assembly Hall is truly unmatched anywhere in college basketball.

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