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Duke athletics receives $13 million donation

Duke athletics received a commitment for a $13 million donation from alumnus Steve Brooks and his wife, Eileen, the school announced Friday.

In recognition of the gift, the board of trustees has renamed the football field Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.

"Lifting Duke football to the level of the rest of the university has been one of the pleasures of recent years, and Steve and Eileen Brooks have been steadfast friends throughout that process," Duke president Richard Brodhead said in a statement. "We are grateful for their generosity."

This is not the first major gift the Brooks family has made to Duke football—the family is also behind the namesake of the indoor Brooks practice facility and Brooks Building for Duke Football. They have committed over $20 million to Duke.

"Steve and Eileen Brooks have been tremendously generous, as well as incredibly faithful, relative to supporting Duke University for many years and, specifically in the case of Duke Football, no one has been more committed to helping us build a championship program," athletic director Kevin White said in a statement.

The most recent gift contributes to the university-wide Duke forward fundraising campaign, which has a goal to raise $3.25 billion by June 30, 2017. Included in that total is a $250 million goal for the athletic department—$50 million for endowment income, $100 million for facility enhancements and support and $100 million for operating funds. In the first nine months of the campaign, which began in September 2012, the athletics department collected $144 million.

Brooks graduated from Duke in 1970. He is the president and chief executive officer of the Phoenix American Insurance Group Inc., and has served on the Trinity Board of Visitors, Duke Athletics Advisory Board and the Duke Law School Board. The Brooks have two sons, Matt and Steven. Matt graduated from Duke in 2004 and earned four varsity letters on the football team. In 2009, he received an MBA and a JD from Duke.