$10 Million Gift from Don and Lora Peters to Upgrade Athletics Facilities

Longtime Tulane supporters Don and Lora Peters have increased their commitment to Tulane Athletics to over $10 million, which will serve as a lead gift for “Investing in Excellence,” a capital campaign to upgrade facilities and infrastructure across athletics programs.

The Peters’ gift arrives as Tulane experiences unprecedented competitive success. Tulane Athletics leaders say a key to sustaining the momentum is to improve existing facilities and construct new ones to enhance the student-athlete experience.  

“Don and Lora Peters have displayed, time and again, an extraordinary dedication to our student-athletes that goes well beyond wins on the field and focuses on enhancing their overall growth as students, athletes and individuals,” Tulane President Michael A. Fitts said. “This tremendous gift adds another dimension to the remarkable legacy these devoted supporters are establishing for our players, coaches and staff.” 

The Green Wave football team celebrates their Cotton Bowl victory in stadium with confetti
The Green Wave football team celebrates their historic Cotton Bowl victory.

Part of the gift has already been used to upgrade the training facility in the Wilson Center, where student-athletes undergo pregame and practice preparation, illness and injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. The plan is to build out additional space as a part of a dedicated sports performance center.

“The football team’s Cotton Bowl victory and the success of teams and individuals throughout our athletics program has electrified and united the Tulane community,” said Don Peters, a 1981 alumnus who serves on the Board of Tulane’s Intercollegiate Athletics Committee and, along with Lora, is a member of the Olive and Blue Society. “And our student-athletes are excelling not just in sports but in the classroom year after year … Now is the time to invest in even greater excellence. I encourage everyone to step up to the plate and give our Green Wave teams the resources they need to sustain our wave of success.”

Don Peters poses in room with paintings in background
The gift of Don Peters (pictured) and his wife, Lora, will upgrade facilities across athletics programs.