The University of Alabama
officially dedicated two areas of Coleman Coliseum to honor two families who have generously contributed to the University.
On Tuesday afternoon the dedications of the Sexton Family Foundation Men’s Basketball Players’ Lounge and the Stanley Virciglio Family Men’s Basketball Conference Room took place in Coleman Coliseum.
“I reflect back on the importance of athletic scholarships. That was my only chance to go to college,” said Bill Sexton who was a two-sport athlete, lettering in basketball and tennis between 1949 to 1954 at the University of Alabama. “They gave me the opportunity to grow into a man. To support the Crimson Tradition effort in upgrading our athletic facilities is my way of saying thank you.”
In the fall of 2005, Sexton was honored by the National Alumni Association as co-winner of the Distinguished Alumni Athlete Award. He is a 1954 graduate of Alabama, receiving his degree in education. He receives his Masters Degree at Alabama in 1958 and went on to develop Sexton, Inc., in Decatur. Sexton has been greatly involved in his charitable contributions to the Decatur community and to the University.
Stanley Virciglio of Birmingham is president of Piggly Wiggly Food Stores of Jefferson County and has served on the boards of or been an active member in St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation, Baptist Hospitals, Old Overton Club, the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club, Birmingham Tip-Off Club and the Red Elephant Club.
“I love the University and am proud to support it and the Crimson Tide Foundation. The University has been and will continue to be a special part in the lives of myself and my family members. I consider the University of Alabama to be among the finest of institutions, from its accomplishments to its people, and I am honored to help in some part to help it continue to grow and remain among the best.”