By Shirley Skeel
TACOMA – University of Puget Sound is pleased to announce a special matching challenge to support construction of a new $17.5 million Athletics and Aquatics Center. Under the terms of the challenge, a group of members of the Board of Trustees will match—dollar for dollar—every new gift made to the center up to $8 million.
The challenge will propel Puget Sound’s efforts to construct a fully-integrated fitness and recreation facility, including a state-of-the-art aquatics center, and a premier fitness center for students, campus members, and the local community. The match challenge is made as part of the university’s One [of a Kind] comprehensive campaign, which will raise $125 million for student support, educational and campus resources, and facilities.
“These remarkable commitments from the Board of Trustees will support a special and much-needed resource for the entire Puget Sound community, including our student athletes,” said Puget Sound President Ronald R. Thomas. “We are grateful to the members of the Board of Trustees for their generosity and vision, and for the many gifts this challenge will inspire. Their desire to match the donations of fellow alumni, parents, and friends underscores our shared commitment to providing facilities that support physical fitness and well-being—important parts of the holistic residential experience Puget Sound provides for students.”
To create the new center, Puget Sound will upgrade and expand the athletics facilities within Memorial Fieldhouse and Pamplin Sports Center, and add a new aquatics center. Additions to Pamplin Sports Center will include a fitness center, rowing ergometer room, enhanced training room, cafe, team meeting room/classroom, and coaches’ offices. A new Hall of Fame area will pay tribute to Logger alumni from all eras. Additionally, a new northwest entrance and reception area, with three-story floor to ceiling windows will complement the recently reconfigured north entrance of Memorial Fieldhouse.
The new aquatics center will include a state-of-the-art, eight lane, 25-yard swimming pool, with space for water polo, scuba, and kayaking, plus spaces for instruction, rehabilitation, and therapy. The state-of-the-art pool will replace the current Wallace Memorial Pool, built in 1957.
With nearly 20 percent of the student body competing in varsity athletics, and many more involved in intramural and club sports, the new facility will be a welcome addition to campus.
For more about One [of a Kind] The Campaign for University of Puget Sound visit: www.pugetsound.edu/one-of-a-