The Raleigh-based John William Pope Foundation has a long history of providing funds for academic support in the Carolina Athletic Department. The academic support center connected to the original Kenan Field House was erected in the 1980s and later named for John W. Pope, a 1947 UNC graduate who contributed significantly to the Kenan Stadium expansion in the mid-1990s. This new building will carry on the tradition through the John W. Pope Student- Athlete Academic Support Center, a 29,000 square foot facility that provides classrooms for teaching and tutoring, advanced computer technology, a writing lab, reading rooms and office space. It is also the home to the Carolina Leadership Academy, which offers leadership training to Carolina student-athletes, coaches and staff. Mr. Pope took five discount variety stores started in Fuquay-Varina by his father, James, and turned them into Variety Wholesalers, a successful network of more than 500 stores that continues to flourish into the 21st century. Mr. Pope passed away in 2006, and today the company is led by James Arthur “Art” Pope of Raleigh, a 1978 Carolina graduate who is also chairman and president of the John William Pope Foundation, which funds numerous charities and free market oriented organizations.