Maniskas Continue to Aid Panthers with Six-Figure Gift to Victory Heights


PITTSBURGH – As a member of the football program, Rich Maniskas saw what it takes to represent the University of Pittsburgh. Now, Maniskas is ensuring Pitt’s student-athletes will have what it takes to succeed at the highest level through his $325,000 donation to Victory Heights.

“We are truly grateful to Rich and Tracey for their tremendous support of Pitt Athletics,” Director of Athletics Heather Lyke said. “Rich joined our Champions Advisory Board and has been an excellent advocate for helping us achieve the goal of comprehensive excellence. As passionate Pitt fans, both Tracey and Rich attend as many athletic games and events as possible and we can’t thank them enough for their generous gift to Victory Heights. “

Maniskas’s donation will go toward new facilities for more than 80 percent of the University of Pittsburgh’s student-athletes.

As a Champions Advisory Board member and avid Pitt fan, Maniskas is familiar with, and believes in, Pitt’s athletic department and its vision for the future.

He graduated from Pitt with his undergraduate degree in Political Science and went on to earn his law degree from the Widener University School of Law, serving as Internal Editor of the Widener Journal of Public Law. In 2004, he participated in the Pitt Alumni Association Emerging Leader Program.

Maniskas founded RM LAW, P.C., where he practices on case initiation and development in complex securities fraud, ERISA, fiduciary, antitrust, shareholder derivative, and mergers and acquisitions actions on behalf of both individual and institutional investors. Spending the majority of his 19-year career based in the Philadelphia-area, Maniskas represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the nation.

His civic affiliations and activities include the Widener University of Law Mentoring Program, USA 250, and Dream Factory of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as the Vice President for the Golf Society of the Union League of Philadelphia.

When he is not at a Pitt sporting event or donating his time to the University, Maniskas enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife Tracey at their home in Montana, in addition to spending time with his two children. He and Tracey reside in Berwyn, Pa.

Victory Heights is a transformative capital project featuring a new 3,500-seat competition arena for Volleyball, Wrestling and Gymnastics with designated practice areas for each team, a Sports Performance Complex housing strength and conditioning and sports medicine centers for 84 percent of Pitt’s student-athlete population, and a 300M Indoor Track and Field Complex with an adjoining Marching Band facility. In addition, a third-floor providing coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, and a student-athlete lounge will be added to the Petersen Sports Complex. Already underway, this project will modernize and maximize the utilization of this important venue in the daily lives of our student-athletes and coaches.

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