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The statue of the Farnese Hercules, in the main lobby; five of the six panels telling the story of H.J. Lutcher Stark and a painting of H.J. Lutcher Stark are visible on the left.

The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation

The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports would not exist were it not for the financial support of The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation of Orange, Texas. Our first task, in order to create the Center was to raise the funds to construct it. The Foundation provided two construction gifts,...

January 28, 2019February 12, 2020
Joe and Betty Weider looking at materials on a large wooden table, in the Reading Room, three of the the Battle Casts, on loan from the Blanton Museum of Art, are visible on the right.

Joe and Betty Weider and the Joe Weider Foundation

One of the most important gifts ever received by the Stark Center was the first $1M gift pledged by Joe and Betty Weider in 2004, a gift that arrived before the Stark Center became a reality. The Weider’s initial gift had a great impact on how the Todd-McLean Collection was viewed by on-campus administrators and...

October 8, 2018February 12, 2020
The undefeated 1914 University of Texas football team wearing the Texas Longhorns blankets, the first time the term Longhorn was used; from the Clyde Raab Littlefield Collection, in the 1914: A Perfect Season Gallery.

Clyde Rabb Littlefield

Clyde Rabb Littlefield, son of famous UT track and Field coach Clyde Littlefield, first met Center directors Jan and Terry Todd in approximately 2006 when he visited them in their offices at Anna Hiss Gym to discuss his father, Coach Littlefield, and to ask for help with some research on the history of his father’s...

September 30, 2018February 12, 2020
Bill and Caity Henniger of Rogue Fitness and Stark Center co-founder Jan Todd in the main lobby; the He Liked Big Things Gallery about Stark Center co-founder Terry Todd is in the background.

Bill and Caity Henniger / Rogue Fitness

Bill Henniger and his wife Caity Matter Henniger are the owners and operators of Rogue Fitness, one of the largest and most reputable manufacturers of strength and conditioning equipment. From humble beginnings in Bill’s garage back in 2006, the company has grown exponentially, now employing over 600 workers at its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. All...

September 14, 2018January 31, 2020
Portrait photograph of Edmund and Adelyn Hoffman, donors of the Edmund Hoffman Golf Collection.

The Hoffman Family Foundation

In 2006, Adelyn Hoffman and her son, Dr. Richard Hoffman, gave the Stark Center a 1600-volume collection of golf books that had been assembled by the late Edmund Hoffman, Mrs. Hoffman’s husband and Dr. Hoffman’s father.  Both Edmund and Adelyn Hoffman graduated from UT and in 2008 the Hoffman Family Foundation provided approximately $110,000 to...

August 26, 2018February 12, 2020
The Battle Cast of the Boxer, on loan from the Blanton Museum of Art, in the Teresa Lozano Long Art Gallery, in the main lobby; a sculpture and a poster of strongman Ruy da Cunha are in the background.

Joe and Teresa Long

Well-known Austin philanthropists Joe and Teresa Long were early donors to the Stark Center, making a critical donation to the Center in 2010 that resulted in the naming of the Stark Center’s art gallery in Teresa’s honor.   Teresa, or Terry, as she is often known, graduated with her Ph.D. in Physical Education from UT-Austin the...

July 8, 2018February 12, 2020
Hunt-Pierce Academic Complex sign on the wall of the Reading Room.

Dr. Thomas and Laurie Hunt

Texas Exes Thomas and Laurie Hunt made their initial gifts to the Stark Center to honor the memory of Mrs. Hunt’s father, Dr. Paul “Red” Pierce of Alpine, Texas. Dr. Pierce served as head football coach at Sul Ross University, and then as head football coach, head track coach, and athletic director at Sam Houston...

June 8, 2018February 12, 2020