The Allisons' generous lead gift for the Jay and Jenny Allison Indoor Football Practice Facility lifts up Baylor's football student-athletes and coaching staff as they work to build a championship program. With this indoor facility, weather conditions no longer will result in canceled practices. In addition, the synthetic playing surface will complement the two natural grass practice fields adjacent to the facility, preparing the Baylor football team for all playing conditions.
"In recent years, our football facilities have been a key focus of our Victory with Integrity Campaign for all our athletics programs, and the Jay and Jenny Allison Indoor Football Practice Facility is a welcome addition to our athletics corridor we are developing," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "We are so grateful to the Allison family for their generous gift making this facility possible for our outstanding student-athletes."
"Jay is a difference maker. Not only in the lives of people but in institutions, churches and entire communities," Grant Teaff, former Baylor football coach, said.
Supporting the development of athletic excellence comes naturally for Jay (BBA '78, MS '80, JD '81), a three-time Baylor football letterwinner, and Jenny (BSEd '78, MSEd '80), whose family boasts of several Baylor student-athletes. In addition to establishing endowed scholarships for football student-athletes, they named the Jay and Jenny Reid Allison Skybox Complex at Floyd Casey Stadium and funded the Basketball Hall of Honor in the Lt. Jack Whetsel Jr. Basketball Practice Facility.
"Everything you do in life affects somebody," Jay Allison said as he reflected on his own life-changing experiences, some of which were greatly impacted by former Baylor football coach Grant Teaff. "Through works we don't do this. It's through the great gift of Christ that He uses us, and with this facility comes great favor and responsibility."
"It's about the generation of people who came before us," Jenny Allison added. "Baylor has truly been a part of our family, and we hope to continue the Baylor tradition."
Jay serves as president, CEO and chairman of Comstock Resources, a NYSE oil and gas company. The Allisons are members of the Baylor University Medallion Fellowship in the James Huckins Society, the Athletics Hall of Honor, the Endowed Scholarship Society and are lifetime members of the Baylor Alumni Association. Jenny is president of the Baylor University Women's Council of Dallas, and Jay recently completed nine years of service on the Baylor University Board of Regents. They have four children, Baylor graduate student Jency (BA '08), Logan, Lucas and Aubrey.