UCF's first All-America student-athlete and former U.S. National Team member Winston DuBose is giving back to his alma mater, to the tune of $100,000.
DuBose, who was also a three-time All-America performer from 1974-76, will be presenting the gift toward the creation of an endowed scholarship, as well as funding the men's soccer locker room renovation and construction, according to a press release.
The scholarship, named The Winston and Gwynne DuBose – Jim Rudy Men's Soccer Scholarship, will be awarded to a soccer player studying in the College of Business Administration.
"In gratitude to God for the education I received and the soccer environment that has been created at UCF, my sister and I wanted to provide other student-athletes with that same opportunity," DuBose said in the release. "That opportunity is to earn a college degree and play the sport they love at the highest level that otherwise might not be a possibility for them."
The locker room, which will also be named after DuBose and former soccer coach Rudy, will feature custom lockers, technology enhancements and branding elements.
Rudy started both the men's and women's soccer teams at UCF. He guided the men's team from 1975-88 and the women's team from 1981-87. DuBose wanted to honor Rudy by putting his name on the scholarship and locker room.
"Coach Rudy challenged us on a daily basis to better ourselves as individuals and as a team," DuBose said. "He led the program during an embryonic and pivotal time which began establishing a strong soccer tradition at UCF."
DuBose still holds the school record for his 0.91 goals-against average rate and 25 shutouts. He spent 15 seasons with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
"When I first got here, Winston was one of the first people I called," UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham said in the release. "He loves UCF and loved his time here. I talked to a lot of alums that said he was a key component in the 70's playing for coach Rudy, who is one of his good friends. Ever since then, he has kind of spearheaded some of fundraising for us, and now he is really coming through big time."
The improvements to the locker room are scheduled to be completed by Aug. 11, according to the release.
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