Brocato Family First to Join Athletics Naming Campaign

THIBODAUX, La. — Sal and Lisa Brocato are the first to donate to the new Nicholls Athletics campaign to name spaces within the Boucvalt Family Athletic Complex. 

As a result of their generous support, the coaches’ locker room within the facility will be named The Brocato Family Coaches Locker Room, pending approval by the ULS Board of Supervisors. 

The Brocatos, whose son, Dominic, is a long snapper on the football team, said they have been overwhelmed by the support from the Nicholls community over the last three seasons and were inspired to give back. 

“When this opportunity came up, we knew we had to get involved. We jumped at the chance to be able to not only help the current student-athletes but student-athletes decades into the future,” Sal said. “That’s what we’re all about is helping people out. And helping Nicholls win more conference championships.” 

Lisa added, “We are so happy to give back to a university that has given so much to us. We want to pay it forward and help everyone who will be here after our son has graduated.” 

Earlier this month, the Nicholls State University Foundation and Colonel Athletic Association announced the joint campaign to provide for current and future needs within the athletic programs. The campaign will run alongside the construction of the athletic complex and expansion of Barker Hall. The $6.9 million project is expected to be complete before the Fall 2021 season. 

“The support of the Brocato family speaks volumes to us, and it shows how far we can go with the help of our community,” said Jonathan Terrell, Nicholls athletic director. “The Brocato’s not only fell in love with the football team but the whole university. This is so inspiring, and their support is going to leave a mark on our program and give back to our future Colonels.” 

The goal of the campaign will be to name all areas of the new facility in an effort to raise funds. This will allow Nicholls Athletics to invest a portion into an endowment and use the other funds for upkeep and maintenance within the department. 

Each new room or area of the Boucvalt Family Athletic Complex may be named after an individual, family or business as per guidelines set forth by the state of Louisiana, Nicholls State University and the Donor Gifts Agreement. The opportunity will allow donors to pay off their investment over a five-year period, and the naming rights to the space for 15 years. 

Construction of the athletic complex will benefit every sport at Nicholls by building a football operations center behind the south end zone of John L. Guidry Stadium and expanding the existing Barker Hall. 

For more information or to donate, contact Jeremy Becker, foundation executive director, at 448-4006 or jeremy.becker@nicholls.edu, or Katlyn Callahan, assistant athletic director of external affairs, at 448-4010 or katlyn.callahan@nicholls.edu.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 15, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@nicholls.edu

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