Prior to the Michigan State spring football game on Saturday, former Spartan and NFL football player Flozell Adams announced he has made a $1.5 million donation to the funding of the North End Zone project at Spartan Stadium.
“His achievements at the NFL level and in business have made him one of the most successful student-athletes in the history of Michigan State. His gift will have a tremendous and lasting impact on our football program,” MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis said in a press release from Michigan State.
The project, which has been taking place for the better part of the last year, will feature new locker rooms, a training room, a media center, and a recruiting lounge.
“I felt from the bottom of my heart, it was a good decision that’s going to help past, present and future,” Adams said.
Adams, pending Board of Trustee approval, has made the donation to honor his mother Rachel Adams, who passed away in 1996 and who Adams says had a huge impact in him coming to Michigan State in 1994.
“My mother was my rock,” Adams said in the press release. “I could talk to her about anything and everything. We spoke on Fridays before every game, and I looked forward to her hugs after every home game. This donation and naming opportunity is the appropriate way to thank her and pay tribute to her. She was certainly a difference-maker in my life, and she loved Spartan football Saturdays.”
Adams’ donation brings the total fundraising efforts towards the construction of the North End Zone project to over $20 million of the $24 million addition and is scheduled to be completed sometime in July.