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University of Iowa Foundation News Release

Dec. 6, 2005

AthletiCo Founder, President Creates UI Athletic Training Professorship

Mark A. and Mary-Ann Kaufman of Oak Brook, Ill., have pledged $500,000 to the University of Iowa Foundation for the creation of an endowed professorship in the UI Athletic Training Education Program.

The Danny T. Foster Professorship in Athletic Training Education is named in honor of the current director of the program, which is administered jointly by the Department of Exercise Science, a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Danny Foster said the professorship, to which a faculty member will be named when the position is fully endowed, will offer crucial stability to the program.

"This professorship will help keep the UI in the forefront of athletic training education," Foster said. "It is essential that our program is always able to attract and retain the best faculty, and the Kaufmans' generosity will allow us to do that. We are extremely grateful for Mark and Mary-Ann's commitment to our program, and I am personally humbled that they chose to name the professorship in my honor."

Mark Kaufman, who earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education from the UI in 1986, characterized the gift as a way to give back to his alma mater.

"I founded AthletiCo with the same work ethic and exceptionally high standards that I learned from Dr. Foster and other members of Iowa's athletic training staff," Kaufman said. "Without my Iowa experience, I wouldn't be enjoying the successful and fulfilling career that I am today. Mary-Ann and I are very pleased to help Iowa continue to lead the field of athletic training."

Mark Kaufman, who also holds degrees from the University of Arizona and Northwestern University, is the president and director of AthletiCo, a provider of outpatient physical therapy, sports medicine and rehabilitation services in Chicago and surrounding communities. Kaufman founded the company in 1991, which now offers clinical services in 30 locations as well as community-outreach programs. In addition to serving the general public, AthletiCo contracts with many professional sports teams -- including the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago White Sox -- and dance companies, high schools and colleges throughout the Chicago area.

The Kaufman gift is part of the UI's $1 billion comprehensive campaign, which will run through 2005 and is being conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation. Named "Good. Better. Best. Iowa: The Campaign to Advance Our Great University," the seven-year effort is raising private funds to help launch a variety of initiatives across the university, substantially increase the number of UI scholarships and endowed faculty positions, support new educational and research facilities, build the UI's endowment and fund outreach and service programs to benefit Iowans.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university.  For more information about the "Good. Better. Best. Iowa" campaign, visit its web site at

STORY SOURCE: UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

MEDIA CONTACT: Sheila Baldwin, senior director of development, UI Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics,; Writer: Nic Arp

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