Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Field house named after football program supporter



When the Indoor Practice Facility for Intercollegiate Football is completed this August, it will be named after an individual with strong ties not only to the athletic department but the entire university.

The Board of Regents on Thursday formally designated the facility on State Street as the Al Glick Field House.

"The entire Michigan athletic department owes a debt of gratitude to Al Glick and his family for the help they have provided our programs," says Director of Athletics Bill Martin. "Naming this facility in Al's honor is a wonderful way of giving him the recognition he really deserves."

Glick's company, Alro Steel Corp. of Jackson, also has supported the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital. But through the years the Glick family — and especially Al Glick — has shown a tremendous amount of support for the U-M football program.

Through his encouragement, his family participated in the gift commitment of $8.7 million for the field house. Participants included his son, Randy, nephews Barry and Carl, and others.

"When I arrived in Ann Arbor just over one year ago, Al Glick was one of the first people to greet me," says Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez. "The support he has provided this football program has been amazing. My staff and I feel privileged that this year's team will be the first to practice in the Al Glick Field House.

"Al Glick and his family are not only great friends to the Michigan football program but they are great friends to our entire university."

Glick has a 50-year relationship with U-M athletics. His older brother, Robert, attended the university, and it was through him that Al made his first connection.

"With Michigan's new field house, Al Glick and his family will now get the recognition they deserve for their longstanding and unwavering support," Martin says.