Press Herald discusses ‘transformational’ Alfond donation with Ralph, Woodcock

The Portland Press Herald interviewed Seth Woodcock, University of Maine associate athletic director for development, and Ken Ralph, athletic director, about the impact of a $90 million donation from the Harold Alfond Foundation to UMaine athletics. Ralph believes the gift will facilitate recruitment of Maine’s top high school athletes. “We want them growing up with Maine gear in their closets,” Ralph said. “Hopefully they’ll come play here, go to camps here, attend youth events here, and this will be the only place they consider.” The gift, which must be matched with $20 million in private donations to be raised by UMaine, will be used to build new athletic facilities, upgrade existing athletic infrastructure, and to enhance gender equity across the university’s sports programs. shared the Press Herald story.