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Joe D. Pentecost was an entrepreneur and real estate developer who possessed great integrity and vision. His love and passion for Michigan State University dates back to the early 1970s.
As a generous philanthropist, he contributed to many MSU Athletic facility projects, including: the  Spartan Stadium Expansion Project, the Berkowitz-Basketball Complex, the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center and several more.

In addition to his financial support, Joe Pentecost created numerous job opportunities for student athletes to gain valuable experience in respective fields, in an effort to prepare student-athletes for successful futures.

The latest project he contributed to was The Joe D. Pentecost Foundation Team Meeting Room in the Skandalaris Football Center. The room is a 120-seat, state-of-the-art tiered meeting room with large screen projection monitor equipment for optimal game plan preparation. The facility is designed for efficiency, as the full team meeting area can be converted into (offense and defense) unit meeting rooms in a matter of seconds. In addition, the position meeting rooms are located in close proximity to the full team meeting room.

The Pentecost Foundation Team Meeting Room is the second major initiative that the Pentecost Foundation has contributed to Spartan Athletics in the last five years. They also fully funded the Joe D. Pentecost Foundation Athletic Scholarship Endowment, which is awarded annually to a varsity student-athlete who participates in a non-revenue generating sport and maintains good academic standing.

The Joe D. Pentecost Foundation: Providing Opportunities for Michigan State Student-Athletes and Lansing Area Youth.