Joe Flacco, former quarterback of the University of Delaware football team, and his wife, Dana, have made a gift to the future of UD Athletics.

“Football and family,” said the Baltimore Ravens quarterback, when asked what matters most in his life.

The Flaccos’ four children inspired the couple to give back to Joe’s alma mater.

“We are at a point in our lives where we are raising our kids and thinking about their education. It has allowed me to think about how important UD was for me in my development. I am thrilled to be a part of making the University even better for future generations,” said Joe, class of 2008.

As part of the Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware, the Flaccos’ gift will directly support UD Athletics’ Building Our Home initiative, including the construction of the Whitney Athletic Center and the renovation of Delaware Stadium. To date, the university has over $52 million committed towards this initiative.

With $7.8 million remaining to raise before construction begins, UD Athletics is relying on its dedicated alumni and friends to reach its goal of shovels in the ground after the 2018 football season.

More than 292 individuals have already donated to the Building Our Home initiative via the project’s crowdfunding campaign, with close to 100 families making major commitments.

In addition to Flacco, more than 20 other UD football alumni and their families have made individual major contributions in support of UD’s Athletic Facilities, including a recent gift from UD alumnus and former NFL player Rich Gannon.