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MSU alumna Joan Secchia donates $10 million to MSU tennis programs

April 23, 2024
<p>The MSU Men&#x27;s Tennis Team gets ready for their meet against Virginia Tech on Jan. 14, 2022, at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The Spartans beat the Hokies 4-3.</p>

The MSU Men's Tennis Team gets ready for their meet against Virginia Tech on Jan. 14, 2022, at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The Spartans beat the Hokies 4-3.

A well-known Michigan State University alumna, who can be seen regularly at the MSU tennis courts cheering on the men’s and women’s tennis teams, decided to show her love and passion for the Michigan State tennis programs recently.

Joan Secchia, an MSU College of Education graduate in 1964, said that her love and devotion for the game and the Spartan tennis program has allowed her to make a $10 million commitment to the university’s varsity men’s and women’s tennis programs

“As a tennis enthusiast and a longtime Spartan, I am thrilled to make this commitment in support of both the men’s and women’s tennis programs at MSU,” Secchia said. “I am excited about the future of Spartan tennis and the impact this commitment will have on current and future student-athletes.” 

This is not the first large donation from the Secchia family, as Joan Secchia and her late husband Peter Secchia made multiple contributions to the university. Michigan State’s softball field, Secchia Stadium, is named after them from a $1 million donation made by Mr. Secchia to the program when building the stadium.

Mr. Secchia unfortunately died in 2020 while battling Covid, amongst other health issues, but Joan Secchia, who resides in Grand Rapids, is still a major fan of Spartan athletics.

The donations from the Secchia family have already had a major impact on the tennis programs, enabling the two teams to have new opportunities and applications they didn’t previously have.

Michigan State announced that the most immediate applications of Secchia’s gift will include “significant improvements to the Spartan tennis facilities, including new outdoor courts and enhanced spectator seating at the outdoor courts.” The University also announced that additional upgrades and enhancements using the funds will be determined later

One of the upgrades includes an additional building, including offices for coaches and locker rooms for both the men’s and women’s tennis players

Michigan State’s Vice President and Director of Athletics Alan Haller said the university was grateful for the donation and that it’s so great coming from a fan of Michigan State athletics.

“We are extremely grateful for Joan Secchia’s generous commitment to our men’s and women’s tennis programs,” Haller said. “Joan is a longtime supporter of Spartan Athletics with a history of transformational giving. An avid tennis player herself, Joan’s gift will positively impact the student-athletes in our tennis programs for years to come.” 

Men’s tennis head coach Harry Jadun showed his gratitude to Secchia and what it means to have such a large donation for the tennis programs.

“Today is a momentous occasion for the Spartan tennis programs,” Jadun said. “(Joan Secchia) has been a leader for our program and the impact she has had on our student-athletes extends far beyond the tennis court. Joan’s gift reflects a strong belief in Michigan State University and our tennis program. We are so thankful for her support. Our goal is to compete for championships and Joan’s gift will allow us to do just that.” 

Women’s tennis head coach Kim Bruno said that Joan Secchia’s touching impact will provide many valuable future resources for the programs.

“Spartan tennis is better today because of Joan Secchia and her gift,” Bruno said. “I’m so excited about the proposed facility improvements and the lasting impact it will have on our team.”

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