“My wife taught me the value of supporting charities, especially those that directly impact less fortunate children,” said Ron Thow, (‘93).

Together, Carolyn and Ron established the Thow Family Opera for Young Audiences Endowment, which benefits UCF’s Opera outreach program and takes opera to schools in the Orlando community.

“Opera parallels athletics in that it demands hard work and dedication,” said Thow, UCF’s fullback during the 1989-92 seasons.

“Athletes may be more physical, but you still have to prepare and commit a great deal of time and effort. You can see it at a performance or at a game. If you’re not prepared, it shows.”

Lending their support to Bright House Networks Stadium was the first of many generous gifts the Thows have given. They’ve also donated to the Jay Bergman Field expansion project.