PASADENA, Calif. (September XX, 2020) Today, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce a lead commitment from Pasadena resident Carolyn Miller to kickstart the Rose Bowl Institute educational initiative at America’s Stadium in the spirit of the Stadium’s iconic history.
The Rose Bowl Institute is a one-of-a-kind platform that champions key sports values such as sportsmanship, leadership, citizenship, and more through educational programs, intimate dialogues, and awards to inspire youth and community life.
“The Rose Bowl Institute is an unprecedented initiative for the Stadium and our city and I am so proud to be the initial supporter,” said Miller. “The Rose Bowl holds a special place in my heart and is very meaningful to our family’s legacy.”
As an original and continual supporter to the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, Miller’s initial commitment to the non-profit came just after the organization’s founding in 2010. That gift honored Miller and her late husband, Charles Miller, Former Chairman and CEO of Avery Dennison by naming Tunnel 17 at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Miller’s original gift was a foundational spark that inspired further giving in support of the Stadium’s major renovation project.
“Carolyn has been one of the most trustworthy and generous believers in our past, present and future,” said RBOC general manager and CEO, Darryl Dunn. “Her spirit continues to be a catalyst for the next generation of Rose Bowl fans in thoughtful, meaningful ways.”
Since her initial gift, Carolyn had been an ardent supporter of the Foundation’s vision through supporting various initiatives to preserve, protect and enhance the National Historic Landmark stadium over the last decade.
In July 2019, Miller was also the original major contributor to fund the Rose Bowl Institute’s pilot educational platform, the Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium. The symposium welcomed more than 100 young women to the venue to spend the day learning and networking with over 40 key female leaders in business, sports and beyond. The Rose Bowl Institute’s Women’s Empowerment Symposium will return for its second year on September 16, 17 and 18 as a free virtual educational event to empower young women and men. The virtual event, which will also offer scholarship opportunities to those that attend, is open for pre-registration for high school and college-aged females and males at https://womensempowermentsymposium.splashthat.com/ .
As the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation continues its INSPIRE centennial campaign effort which aims to raise $40M prior to the venue’s 100th birthday in 2022, the addition of the Rose Bowl Institute educational platform to supplement the capital improvement and heritage protection initiatives has already bolstered its philanthropic support base. The campaign is currently near 50% complete towards its initial goal.
“Thank you to Carolyn for continuing to provide transformational energy through yet another impactful gift,” said Legacy’s chief development officer Dedan Brozino. “Legacy has supported so many capital improvements at the venue thanks to a national donor family, including new lights and a second video board which are currently being completed, as well as heritage projects such as statues, historical markers and the locker room museum. Community supporters like Carolyn are now giving us a valuable opportunity to leverage the venue’s iconic history as an educational platform to inspire and influence youth and community in an additional meaningful way.”
A graduate of Brigham Young University, Carolyn has held financial positions with the International Division of Carnation, Fritz Companies, Inc., Carlsberg Financial, Mattel and Van de Kamp’s. She is currently President of Miller Ventures Inc., a real estate company and a founding partner in Leigh Louise Interior Design.
In addition to her ongoing generous support of the Rose Bowl, Carolyn’s philanthropic endeavors have also included chairing the Heart Ball for the American Heart Association, hosting events for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, organizing Girl Scout troops, and volunteering with Operation Walk and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
She has been a board member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Opera, the Blue Ribbon and The Music Center. She has co-chaired LA Alive several times. An avid outdoor enthusiast, she has been involved in many sports initiatives including spearheading the growth of women and girls’ lacrosse in Southern California and, for ten years, served as a board member for the California Special Olympics.
To learn more about the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation’s centennial campaign titled ‘INSPIRE,’ please visit www.INSPIRE2022.org.
Rose Bowl Institute Advisory Board
- Maurice Ashley – International Grandmaster; Inductee, US Chess Hall of Fame; founder of Harlem Chess Center, author and commentator (New York, NY)
- Tim Brant – 30-year broadcast veteran; 2013 Broadcaster of the Year; former broadcast partner of Keith Jackson (Chevy Chase, MD)
- Brandi Chastain – Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold-medalist, coach, and sports broadcaster (San Jose, CA)
- Ann Meyers Drysdale – UCLA basketball star, first female sports scholarship recipient at UCLA, Basketball Hall of Famer, broadcaster, and sports executive; considered one of the top five female athletes of all time (Huntington Beach, CA)
- Tom Farrey – Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program; author of Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of our Children; former writer for ESPN (San Clemente, CA)
- Julie Foudy – Former captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team with a 17-year career from 1987-2004; won two FIFA Women’s World Cup titles and three Olympic medals; member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame; four-time All-American at Stanford; commentator for ESPN Soccer and ESPNw (Orange County, CA)
- Dan Fouts – 15-years as quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, Pro Football Hall of Fame; 1979 AFL Most Valuable Player (AP); broadcast analyst (Sisters, Oregon)
- Lauren Gibbs – 2x Olympic Medalist (bobsled), public speaker, team captain and All-Ivy volleyball player at Brown University (Denver, CO)
- Robin Harris – Executive Director of the Ivy League Council of Presidents (Princeton, NJ)
- Cobi Jones – 3x World Cup participant; Olympian; National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee; first jersey retired in MLS history; all-time leader for Team USA in caps; analyst for Fox Sports and the LA Galaxy’s analyst for Spectrum Sportsnet (Los Angeles, CA)
- Billie Jean King – Sports icon and equality champion (New York, NY)
- Ronnie Lott – Pro Football and College Football Hall of Famer; 4x Super Bowl Champion; 2x Rose Bowl Game Champion (Bay Area, CA)
- Patrick McCaskey – Vice President, Board Member and part owner, Chicago Bears. Chairman of Sports Faith International; author. (Lake Forest, IL)
- Jessica Mendoza – ESPN analyst, first woman to serve as a baseball analyst for nationally-televised MLB games: Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist; USA Softball Athlete of the Year, 2006; member of the National Softball Hall of Fame; 4x All-American at Stanford (New York, NY)
- Larry Paul – Managing Principal of Laurel Crown Partners; minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers; member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Advisory Board (Los Angeles, CA)
- John Sciarra – 1976 Rose Bowl Game MVP for UCLA; played for Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and in the Canadian Football League; business entrepreneur (Newport Beach, CA)
- Matthew Sign – Chief Operating Officer, National Football Foundation (Fort Worth, TX)
- Bob Sutcliffe – Venture lawyer, business advisor, and Managing Director of Craftsman Capital Advisors LLC. Authored the original concept and vision memo for creation of the Rose Bowl Institute (Pasadena, CA)
- Maria Taylor – ESPN host and reporter; host, NBA Countdown; former intercollegiate student-athlete (Atlanta, GA)
- Dick Vermeil – Super Bowl winning coach; former NFL coach of the Eagles, Rams and Chiefs; coached UCLA to the 1976 Rose Bowl Game victory in an upset of Ohio State (Doylestown, PA)
- J.C. Watts – President of Black News Channel, former U.S. Congressman (R-OK) (1995-2003); gridiron star as a quarterback at the University of Oklahoma; first African American elected to statewide office in Oklahoma (Eufaula, OK)
- Jason Whitlock – Sports journalist and media personality with Outkick the Coverage; sportswriter for the Kansas City Star from 1994-2010 before stops at ESPN and Fox Sports. (Los Angeles, CA and Nashville, TN)
- Marcellus Wiley – Host of ‘Speak for Yourself’, retired NFL All-Pro, Ivy League Hall of Fame (Columbia University), Author of the book ‘Never Shut Up’
- Vince Young – Two-time Rose Bowl Game MVP, Heisman Trophy Runner-Up, National Champion University of Texas, Former NFL All-Pro Player and College Football Hall of Famer
About the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation
Formed in 2010, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization whose primary goal is to financially ensure the protection, preservation and enhancement of the future of the Stadium as a National Historic Landmark. The Foundation has established funding for key capital improvement initiatives, educational programming and heritage protection due to the generosity of supporters from around the world who are invested in its premier future.
About the Rose Bowl Stadium
The Rose Bowl Stadium is the proud home of the Tournament of Roses’ Rose Bowl Game, UCLA Bruins football, AmericaFest Fourth of July Celebration, concerts including Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Taylor Swift and U2, international and Premier League soccer matches and the World’s Largest Flea Market.
A National Historic Landmark built in 1922 and known around the world, the Rose Bowl Stadium has earned its world-class reputation by hosting five NFL Super Bowl games, the 1984 Olympic Soccer matches, the 1994 Men’s World Cup, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, four BCS National College Football Championship Games and the College Football Playoff Semi-Final game.
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