made for self
In 1858, James Henry Roper offered his land to the State of Florida to help establish an academic institution that would later become the University of Florida. That legacy of giving was underlined last spring when alumni and self-made millionaire Al Warrington became the first $100 million donor. It is also made manifest with each new class of Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars, a scholarship for the brightest students that can’t afford the cost of tuition.
Working for a
As Gators it’s not about how many Olympic medals we’ve won, or how many graduates we’ve had elected to Congress, or how many Pulitzer Prizes we’ve earned. More than those things, it’s about what we can achieve next. How we can raise the bar for each other, and continue to make the greatest impact, together. Because to us, true success is about the effect we have on, and what we’re able to do for all the citizens of Florida, the nation, and the world.
Better than Water
In 1965, following a request from the Florida Gators football head coach, a team of UF scientists developed a beverage that helped athletes stay hydrated better than water. They named it Gatorade. The football team went on to win their first Orange Bowl over the Yellow Jackets. After their loss, the opposing coach remarked, “We didn't have Gatorade. That made the difference.”
enough to Save
Each spring, students dance for 26.2 hours to save the kids at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. It’s literally a marathon of dancing. It also happens to be the most successful student-run philanthropy in the Southeastern United States. UF was one of the first five founding Dance Marathon programs in the nation and has raised more than $8 million dollars since.
We do more
Believe in Miracles
Wendy Stoeker was born without any arms, but that disability couldn’t stop her from earning a berth on the UF diving team in 1979. Wendy went on to place third in the state diving championships that year and continues to inspire generations of Gators to this day.
Prior to 1996, termites in the Statue of Liberty Monument were so troublesome that the museum had to be closed. Luckily, Nan-Yao Su, a professor at UF, had developed the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System. Since then, Sentricon has protected more than two million structures, including the Statue of Liberty, the White House, Independence Hall, the Alamo, and a large part of the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Taking the wind
UF is leading the way to build communities that can stand up to hurricanes with the most impressive wind research facilities in the world. It’s no surprise that UF engineering professors are routinely called for their expertise by media outlets like the Weather Channel, CNN, NPR, and even on occasion by Congress. Recently, Professor Forrest Masters was appointed by the governor of Florida to serve on a special commission to assess hurricane risks across the entire state.
What happens when you
In 2013, the Florida gymnastics team won its first NCAA Championship. This year they added a third, becoming one of only three schools in the nation to ever win back-to-back-to-back national titles. The Gators are the only program in the nation to finish in the top 10 in the last 31 national all-sports standings. UF has also honored more than 100 Academic All-Americans, which ranks them fourth in the nation.
A new gene therapy method developed by UF Professors William W. Hauswirth and Alfred S. Lewis from the UF Powell Gene Therapy Center has the potential to treat a common form of blindness. This new technique replaces a malfunctioning gene in the eye with a normal working copy restoring the ability to see.
The Sky is
Not the Limit
UF is one of 52 National Space Grant Research Institutions in the country and the only one in Florida. Over the past century, countless advances have been made in outer space research at UF. Most recently, Professor Alan George and his team of students partnered with NASA to create the first space processor of its kind, which will serve as the heart of the spacecraft for three upcoming missions.
When Aaron was only 4, he began treatment for a very rare form of cancer that required therapy from the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. After multiple rounds of treatment and an unbelievable amount of support, his family received great news: Aaron is disease-free. Aaron’s story is just one of more than 500 children that have been treated at UFHPTI, the world’s largest pediatric proton treatment center.