Seal Family Provides $12 Million Gift For Mississippi State Football Complex

STARKVILLE, MS (WLOX) -  The Mississippi State athletic department announced on Wednesday that the $12 million gift by the Seal Family Foundation will go towards a planned $20-25 million project to build a football training and office facility and renovate the football practice fields.

Twin brothers Lee and Leo Seal donated the money in honor of their late father Leo Seal Jr. who was a former Mississippi State player, long-time Bulldog Club donor and president of Hancock Bank.

Lee and Leo also played football at Mississippi State.

Director of athletics Scott Stricklin said, "The generosity of the Seal family has always set a great example of philanthropic donations to Mississippi State, both academics and athletics.  He added, "Not only is it the largest gift in our athletics history, it will most likely be one of the largest gifts in all of college athletics this year.  Lee and Leo have carried on the legacy of giving set forth by their father and grandfather."

Lee Seal said, "My father and grandfather both had a love for Mississippi State and an appreciation for the opportunity to play football in the Southeastern Conference and represent their state.  My brother and I both hold that same passion for our alma mater and we're excited to help the university and our football program."

The football facility will be approximately 80,000 square feet.  It will include a new weight room, locker room, training room and coaches' offices.  It will be located behind the Palmeiro Center overlooking the football practice fields.

Head coach Dan Mullen said, "I'm extremely appreciative of the Seals and other families who have helped make this a reality."  He added, "This is a vital addition to our football program.  We've talked since I've arrived at Mississippi State about getting all of our football operations under one roof, allowing us to have a daily interaction with each of our football players and continuing to develop the family atmosphere around our program.  This will accomplish those goals."

With the Seal gift and donations from 35 families, more than $17 million has been raised for the project.

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