Amy Griffin is a 1998 graduate of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she played on the division I volleyball team. In 2006, Amy Griffin donated $1 million to her alma mater toward the construction of new volleyball courts and to bolster the team. In 2011, Amy Griffin contributed generously again with a $5 million gift to assist with a $14 million new rack and field facility. The University of Virginia’s track and field team currently includes 80 student-athletes. With such a sizeable squad, the athletes practice at various times of day. At the time of her gift, Amy Griffin shared her goals for the funds: She hoped that the new facility would benefit students and the community as a whole, as well as draw new recruits to the athletic teams that represent the institution. The new space will also allow the track team to compete for championships. The new track and field space will include a scoreboard, additional lighting, 1,500 spectator seats, and updated locker rooms. In addition, the runners will enjoy a refurbished track. The university’s track and field director expressed his gratitude for Amy Griffin’s donation and stated that he believed it demonstrates her passion for the university and its sports teams. Amy Griffin retains ties to her alma mater through her position as a board member for the Virginia Athletics Foundation. Her $5 million contribution was the largest amount bestowed on the university to date. In 2012, the University of Virginia will host the Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field Championships.