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February 12, 2016   
Posted: February 14, 2006
CCU alums give major gift for athletic field house

  CCU alumni Mark Adkins, left, and his twin brother Will, right, pictured with Coach David Bennett, contributed a major donation to the university.  
Twin brothers Mark and Will Adkins, members of Coastal Carolina University's Class of 1989, have made a pledge of $300,000 to the university. Their pledge is a major contribution toward funding Coastal's proposed athletic field house and the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration. It is also one of the largest pledged gifts the institution has ever received from alumni.

Originally from Huntington, W.Va., the Adkins brothers own a land development business, Adkins Land Group, based in Charlotte, N.C. The company, founded by the brothers in 1993, employs 120 people and conducts projects throughout the Southeast.

"We were at Coastal Carolina from ages 18 to 22," said Will Adkins. "These are the formative years of your life. We made great friends here, and we feel that Coastal helped 'mold' us."

The proposed athletic field house, a $6.5 million project, will be located near the end zone of Brooks Stadium on the Coastal campus. The facility will house locker rooms for football, baseball, softball and men's and women's soccer. It will have a weight room, medical training facility and office space. The Buddy Sasser Hall of Fame will also be a prominent feature of the building.

"The athletic program at Coastal, particularly football, has been a major factor in the growth of Coastal over the past few years," said Mark Adkins, "and it gives us a feeling of pride to be able to help, and to be a part of that growth."

The brothers, who both majored in business administration, live in Cornelius, N.C., where they are next door neighbors.

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