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Cheers: Tito's Vodka donates $20 million for Longhorn sports

Texas ex Bert "Tito" Beveridge is donating $20 million to Longhorn athletics facilities through his company, Tito's Vodka. (Tito's Homemade Vodka/Facebook)

Austin liquor giant Tito's Handmade Vodka is looking to make a splash in local athletics programs with plans to donate $20 million to boost the University of Texas' basketball, rowing and football facilities.

Tito's, which is named after founder and UT alum Bert "Tito" Beveridge, will channel the funds into current practice facility projects for the four sports.

"These new facilities will elevate the experience of UT student-athletes, providing them with world-class training environments necessary to achieve at the highest level," the university said in a statement. "Tito’s investment also allows Texas Athletics to remain highly competitive in the recruitment of elite student-athletes, coaches, and staff."

Tito's is the latest contributor to the overhaul of UT athletics facilities since the appointment of Athletic Director Chris del Conte in 2017. Just next to the new $60 million practice facility planned for the men's and women's basketball and women's rowing programs is the upcoming Moody Center, a massive $338 million undertaking that will host future Longhorn basketball games.

The 15,000 seat center is set to open for sold-out acts including John Mayer and Justin Bieber before local greats George Strait, Willie Nelson and the Randy Rogers Band take the stage for the grand opening on April 29.

The future home for the basketball programs comes just after a $200 million south end zone expansion was completed to the school's Darrell K. Royal Memorial football stadium in September. New indoor training facilities for Longhorn baseball and softball teams were also added to the Red and Charline McCombs Field in 2019.

Through its philanthropic arm "Love, Tito's," the $4.9 billion-dollar company has invested in local and national causes. Last week, Tito's committed another $1 million in donations (which was more than the U.S. government) to vaccine research including Texas-made patentless COVID vaccine Corbevax, which has been shown to be easier and cheaper than other available vaccines and was authorized for use in India. "Love, Tito's" has also helped offer relief to tornado victims, donated to local community gardens and has a director dedicated to boosting local Latino youth.


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