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W&M alum hopes to get the ball rolling with $3.5 million commitment to athletic department

It wasn't the first contribution Terry Thompson made to her alma mater, financial or otherwise. But when the word "million" is included in the news release, it tends to draw notice. Thompson hopes that's the case. And she really hopes her $3.5 million commitment to William and Mary's athletic program, much of which is to be earmarked for women's basketball, will be the first of many attention grabbers. "The only reason I allowed my name to be associated with the gift was because I do hope to inspire other people," said Thompson, a 1967 graduate. "I've been very involved with William and Mary for a long, long time, and I've been very...