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Texas receives $1 million gift from McMinn brothers for baseball player development facility

The former student-athletes made a big pledge to David Pierce’s program.

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On Wednesday, the Texas Longhorns athletic department announced a significant donation to the baseball program’s planned player development facility.

Brothers Jason and Justin McMinn, who were described as “avid supporters” of head coach David Pierce’s program, joined Longhorn Legend Roger Clemens in donating $1 million towards that facility.

Jason McMinn played baseball for the Longhorns from 1999-2000. After graduating from the Texas Tech Law School, McMinn has been a suiteholder since 2009.

“First off, we’re huge baseball fans,” Jason said. “We go to all the games and we love the baseball team, the baseball program. You know, you’re a student-athlete but you’re a student first and often times you end up going pro in something else. It’s nice to give back to what enabled Justin and I to go ‘pro’ practicing law. Without a degree from The University of Texas and the doors that it opened, I doubt any of this would’ve been possible for us.”

Justin McMinn was a member of the 2000 Longhorns football team before joining his brother at the McMinn Law Firm.

“Giving back to the community where you got started is really important,” said Justin. “To know where you came from and how you got to this position where you can give back to a place like The University of Texas is significant and when Jason first mentioned the idea to me, I thought it was a great idea.”

The donation from the McMinns will hep Texas become the final program in the Big 12 Conference to build an on-site player development facility for baseball, with construction expected to get underway soon.

“The McMinns are some of the most passionate fans and supporters of our baseball program and of Texas athletics,” said athletics director Chris Del Conte. “This incredibly generous gift, which will undoubtedly help our baseball program to thrive going forward, only further exemplifies their commitment and dedication to Texas.”