A gift of $1 million from philanthropists Marilyn Silva-Lund and her husband David Lund, a UCLA alumnus, will go toward the development of UCLA’s new football training facility, the Wasserman Football Center. UCLA will name the building’s recruiting lounge and terrace in their honor.
"Marilyn and David’s generous commitment is a wonderful example of Bruins helping Bruins,” said Dan Guerrero, UCLA’s director of athletics. “Marilyn and David’s is a story of tremendous leadership, passion and commitment. Their love for UCLA is only surpassed by their desire to make a difference in the lives of others.”
David Lund, who earned his bachelor’s and law degrees at UCLA, practiced tax law overseas for many years before returning to the U.S., where he met and married Marilyn Silva-Lund, a real estate developer.
“I was absent from UCLA for so long, I wanted to be connected again,” David Lund said. “I wanted to make up for all those missed years of UCLA football, basketball and other experiences. My wife and I started going to games again and do whatever we can do to help UCLA’s student-athletes.”
The Wasserman Football Center will be a state-of-the-art facility housing a locker room, athletic training area, strength and conditioning facility, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, equipment rooms and video rooms, in addition to several elements that will feature the storied history of UCLA football.
“This gift reflects our appreciation for Coach Jim Mora and our UCLA football student-athletes,” Marilyn Silva-Lund said. “We are proud to invest in the future success of UCLA football, of which the construction of the Wasserman Football Center is a major component, and hope that fellow Bruins will join us in continuing to make this project a reality.”