Boyd family donates to Endzone Complex
Texas State Athletics received a substantial gift from Benny and Michele Boyd to help with the Johnny and Nathali Weisman Football Complex renovation and addition. In recognition of one of the largest gifts to the project, Texas State will name the Legacy Suites level at Bobcat Stadium after the Boyd family.
The gift is part of a planned $37 million, privately-funded renovation project to the complex, which will include a new 8,000 square foot weight room, a new players lounge, new training room with hydrotherapy, individual position meeting rooms, upgraded conference rooms with additional offices, a recruiting room, and additional premium hospitality spaces for fans to enhance the gameday experience.
“As we saw with the record crowds that attended last week’s Coach’s shows in San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and Austin, this is an exciting time for football fans at Texas State University,” said Texas State President Kelly Damphousse. “Coach Kinne and Don Coryell are taking our football program to the next level, thanks to the support of alumni and donors. I am so grateful for the generosity of Benny and Michele Boyd, and for their faith in our student-athletes and coaching staff. Having top-notch facilities is critical for recruiting great students and coaches. Their gift will help us enable them to reach their full potential.”
“Benny has been so supportive over the years and committed to our football program, coaches, and student- athletes,” said Texas State Director of Athletics Don Coryell. “He understands how critical this project is to have success on the field, and this gift by him and Michele shows how dedicated they are to helping our program in any way they can. We are incredibly appreciative of Benny and Michele’s unwavering support to make this facility a reality for our current and future student-athletes.”
Benny Boyd Jr., the owner and CEO of Benny Boyd Motor Company, has owned and operated 10 dealerships throughout Texas, several other business interests around the state, and is a partner of the historic Y.O. Ranch Headquarters in Kerrville. Benny serves on the Texas State Development Foundation, McCoy College Business Advisory Board, Texas Automobile Dealers Association, and Board of Directors for the Austin Rodeo.
“Texas State was the foundation I needed when I enrolled here in the fall of 1980,” said Boyd. “Some of my closest friends to this day were people I met in San Marcos and I truly believe in the power of a winning football program and how it can drive the passion out of our alumni to truly be proud to be a Bobcat. The sky’s the limit for head coach GJ Kinne, and I am happy to do my part to help out.”
Construction on the Weisman Football Complex is set to begin this summer after a groundbreaking ceremony was held in May.
Benny and Michele will become the 78th members of the Texas State Heroes, a group of individuals, companies and foundations that have donated $1 million or more to Texas State University. This also marks the 25th gift towards athletics over seven figures.
The Boyd gift moves the university toward a major goal of renovating the Football Complex in the $250 million NEXT IS NOW capital campaign.
To learn more about the renovation project to the Johnny and Nathali Weisman Football Complex, Texas State supporters can contact Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director Travis Comer at (512) 749-7320 or tcomer@txstate. edu.