Edward (C'66) and Irene Shaw
Jan. 11, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's Department of Athletics has received its largest gift ever, a $5 million commitment from Edward (C'66) and Irene Shaw.
The Shaws intend to direct $4 million of their gift to the construction of the Intercollegiate Athletics Center, a new facility that will provide Georgetown's 750 student-athletes with practice gymnasiums, an academic center, and spaces for strength and conditioning, sports medicine and additional locker rooms. The 144,000-square-foot building will be the first new athletics facility on campus in more than 60 years.
The remaining $1 million of the Shaws' gift will fund upgrades to the on-campus field on which Georgetown's nationally ranked men's and women's soccer programs practice and play.
In recognition of the Shaws' $5 million commitment, the field will be named Shaw Field as a permanent recognition of the couple's longtime support of soccer at Georgetown. A previous gift from the Shaws was instrumental in elevating women's soccer from a club sport to varsity level.
"Georgetown is deeply grateful to Ed and Irene for their many contributions to our community throughout the years and for their ongoing commitment to our Athletics programs," President John J. DeGioia said. "As a university in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition, we are committed to the `care of the whole person'--to providing our students with the resources necessary for becoming their very best selves. Athletics are one of the most significant ways in which we can provide this support."
"The tremendous generosity of Ed and Irene Shaw is unmatched in the history of Georgetown Athletics," said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed. "Their support of women's soccer, going back now almost two decades, all but literally created the program. This gift will both promote that team's continued competitiveness and--with its support of the IAC, which will benefit every athlete and program at Georgetown--will have a dramatic and lasting impact on Georgetown athletics more broadly."
"Irene and I have always been firm believers in the value of intercollegiate athletics to gather our community, build school spirit and enhance the undergraduate experience--not only the team members but also for their classmates and friends," Shaw said. "Our commitment reinforces this belief, along with the value of nationally competitive programs to enhance Georgetown University for now and years to come."
Edward Shaw spent his career in both private law practice and as a corporate general counsel, and is currently a board member of a number of public entities and nonprofit organizations. Both he and Irene have served multiple terms on the university's Board of Regents, with Ed serving as the chair of the Athletics Committee. In 2012, he received the John Carroll Award, the Georgetown Alumni Association's highest honor.
The Shaws are parents of five children--Hope (C'94), Holly (C'98), Julia (C'98), Christopher and Rory. They also have three sons-in-law and one daughter-in-law who graduated from Georgetown. The Shaws reside in Greenwich, Conn., and North Palm Beach, Fla.
Following the successful completion of the Hariri building, the new home for the McDonough School of Business, and Regents Hall, the new main campus science center, the IAC is the largest single facilities goal in the university's $1.5 billion fundraising campaign, For Generations to Come. Athletics' campaign goal is $125 million. The Shaws' gift brings athletics' campaign total to more than $60 million.
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