Tampa General Hospital's $25 million gift names the Center for Athletic Excellence, an operations facility that will be included as part of USF’s new on-campus stadium project. The gift will also name the university’s athletics district. This is the largest gift ever to USF Athletics.
Debbie Ebensberger doesn’t recall the precise moment she noticed her right hand trembling in September 2019. When it caught her attention one day, she wasn’t terribly worried — the heavy steroids regimen she had undergone decades earlier to treat Crohn’s Disease occasionally caused the issue. But soon, as COVID-19 shook the world in March 2020, her own world began to shake out of control.
They lived in a cramped apartment in New York City, eight siblings facing the daily uncertainties and pressing weight of poverty. Yet compared to their parents, who grew up amid the constant danger and relentless hopelessness of Palestinian refugee camps, the children’s world within the thin walls of the family’s two-bedroom unit held endless possibilities and big dreams.
High Risk Hope is bolstering the future by providing eight full-ride scholarships for accelerated USF Health College of Nursing students specializing in pediatrics or NICU care. Through this endeavor, founders Bennett and Heather Barrow hope to open more doors for students aiming to carve a career in this crucial and underserved field.