Strength and Conditioning center closer to reality after anonymous $250,000 donation

A quarter million dollar gift to the Tennessee Tech University Athletics Association has put some muscle behind the proposed Strength and Conditioning center, moving the facility into the design stage with plans to begin construction in early 2010.The anonymous donation of $250,000 is the largest single gift made to the TTU Athletics Association.

“We cannot tell you how excited we are about everything that is going on with Tennessee Tech athletics,” said Director of Athletics Mark Wilson. “The generosity of this anonymous donor and so many others is really helping us to achieve something we have needed for a long time in a strength and conditioning center and indoor practice facility.”

Up until now just an idea, this donation has allowed Tech Athletics to begin the process of building the 24,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility.

“This donor shares our vision for an improved space to train our student-athletes, and this gift has made an immediate and significant impact,” Wilson said.

“This gift is really a tribute to this donor’s vision and leadership, and we are very grateful to this commitment to enhancing the student-athlete experience,” Wilson added.

In addition to funding construction of the building, Athletics is also working toward raising the money needed to equip the facility.

The new facility will help propel Tennessee Tech to the top of the OVC and the nation in terms of strength and conditioning space. It will feature approximately 10,000-square feet of weight room space, 10,000-square feet of indoor practice space, and 4,000-square feet of support and locker room space.

The new building is planned to be located adjacent to the TTU softball complex, on the western edge of campus. This location will allow for access to the new outdoor strength training area, which includes an obstacle course, speed training sand pit and a natural grass practice surface.

With structural funds for the building secured, the TTU Athletic Association’s fundraising efforts are now focused on outfitting the facility with the necessary equipment. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Grant Swallows at (931) 372-3929.