Syracuse receives $1 million gift

Syracuse received a transformational gift of $1 million from Board of Trustees Chairman Dick Thompson and his wife, Jean, to advance the athletic department and celebrate the move to the ACC.

The gift will be used to enhance the overall student-athlete experience, the school announced in a news release.

"We are overwhelmed with unbelievable gratitude and joy for the very thoughtful gift from Dick and Jean Thompson," athletic director Daryl Gross said in a statement. "They have been extremely supportive of Syracuse athletics for many years and have given us the confidence to truly believe we can succeed in the future, especially as we enter the ACC. It's this kind of commitment which makes Syracuse university so great and intimate. Today we toast the Thompson family as they have helped ensure the continued success of our athletic program."

The gift is the largest of the "I'm In" campaign for athletics, a new push asking all Syracuse fans to help provide the resources necessary to be competitive in its new league home.