UPS receives $2 million grant for athletics, aquatics center

Staff writerJanuary 7, 2014 

The California-based Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation has committed $2 million in support of a new Athletics and Aquatics Center on the University of Puget Sound campus.

The gift, which comes as part of the school’s $125 million fundraising campaign,helps provide funding for a plan to build a $17.5 million fitness and recreation facility on the Tacoma campus. The gift qualifies for the dollar-for-dollar match pledged by a group of Puget Sound trustees last July, the school said in a release Tuesday.

“The Athletics and Aquatics Center plays a key role in Puget Sound’s strategic commitment to a holistic approach to student development where physical fitness and well-being are essential components of a comprehensive academic residential learning experience,” said Puget Sound President Ronald R. Thomas.

The center will serve 2,600 students, 600 faculty and staff, 23 varsity teams, and intramural athletes. In addition to serving school sports teams, the center will provide facilities academic programs including exercise science, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

“It is a pleasure for our foundation to be able to contribute to the inspirational liberal arts experience that Puget Sound promises and so compellingly offers its talented student body,” said Kathleen Duncan, a trustee of the Leavey Foundation and Puget Sound board member.

To create the center, Puget Sound will upgrade and expand the athletic facilities within Memorial Fieldhouse and Pamplin Sports Center, and add a new aquatics center featuring an eight-lane, 25-yard pool with space for water polo, scuba, and kayaking, plus areas for instruction, rehabilitation and therapy. Additions will include a fitness center, rowing ergometer room, climbing wall, enhanced training room, juice bar, team meeting room/classroom and coaches’ offices. A new Hall of Fame area will pay tribute to Logger alumni from all eras.

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