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SAN JOSE-San Jose State University will break ground before the end of January on a $3 million training facility for its student athletes thanks to a $1 million grant from the Koret Foundation, the largest ever for the university’s sports programs. The 17,000-sf Koret Building will be located across from Spartan Stadium on San Jose State University’s south campus, on land that currently houses the San Jose State Athletic Department.

Fund-raising for the project began only eight months ago and was expected to take several more years. Insiders say the credit goes to former Spartan head football coach John Ralston, who is friends with Ted Taube, president of the Koret Foundation and the former owner of the Ralston-coached Oakland Invaders of the defunct United States Football League.

Currently, student athletes use a 2,800-sf weight room in the Alan B. Simpkins Building on the north side of Spartan Stadium, the shower facilities for which are reserved only for the school’s football team. Women and men involved in other sports must dress and shower elsewhere after workouts. The new facility will have enough locker space for all of the university’s 350 male and female athletes, and will feature state-of-the-art equipment and a rehabilitation center.

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