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April 15, 2010

Iowa City couple commits $1 million for UI football

Jim and Darlene McCord of Iowa City have made a $1 million gift commitment through the University of Iowa Foundation to support the Hawkeye football program.

The contribution will be used toward the funding of a renovation of the UI's football facilities. It will include expansion and improvements to the Jacobson Athletics Building and improvements to the UI's current indoor practice facility known as "the bubble." In recognition of the McCords' generosity, the UI will name the indoor club level of the Kinnick Press Box the McCord Club.

"We are truly grateful for the continued support from Jim and Darlene McCord," said UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta. "I very much appreciate their support and confidence -- as does Kirk Ferentz, the coaches and our student-athletes."

According to UI Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz, this gift will help the university significantly enhance its football program's facilities goals.

"The McCords are loyal Hawkeyes, through and through, and their leadership will help ensure a winning future for our program," Ferentz said. "On behalf of all our coaches, student-athletes and Hawkeye fans, I want to say 'thank you' to Jim and Darlene McCord for their generous investment in UI football."

Jim McCord is a UI alumnus who earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology in 1969, a master's degree in counselor education in 1972 and a doctorate in education in 1974. He is a longtime Hawkeye football fan, and he and his wife, Darlene, wanted to honor this passion by supporting UI football.

"Giving to the UI Department of Athletics has been our most rewarding gift and it is great fun," said Darlene McCord. "The staff really appreciates everything. We even received personal, handwritten thank-you notes from the coaches and trainers. We were so pleased, we had their notes framed. This has been a wonderful experience and we look forward to giving again."

The McCords own McCord Research, an Iowa-based corporation that researches and develops high-quality products for wound and skin care. Darlene McCord -- a biochemist with a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley who specializes in the chemistry of skin-product formulation -- is the company's senior researcher, and Jim McCord is the director of business development. Prior to this role, Jim McCord was dean at East Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Southwest College.

The McCords also own Pinnaclife Inc., a Coralville-based company that provides health-related nutritional and personal-care products via direct sales.

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 UI Foundation, visit its Web site at

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Sloane Tyler, associate director of development, intercollegiate athletics; 319-335-3305 or 800-648-6973;

PHOTOS: A high-resolution image of Darlene and Jim McCord is available:

A web-quality image also is available: