A $7.5 million gift in support of the Wake Forest Football program from alumnus Bob McCreary (’61) adds momentum to Wake Forest Athletics’ plans to move forward with a 95,000-square-foot sports performance center.
Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch and Director of Athletics Ron Wellman made the announcement when publicly celebrating McCreary’s longtime philanthropy, which includes more than $15 million in lifetime commitments, at last night’s men’s basketball game.
Q: What do plans for the sports performance center entail?
A: Designed to meet the training needs of more than 350 student-athletes who compete in 18 sports, the four-story sports performance center will be located behind Miller Athletic Center on the Reynolda Campus. The new building will serve as the home for the football program, while featuring a robust strength and conditioning facility that enables multiple athletes in different sports to work out simultaneously, improving upon the current Bob McCreary Strength Complex in Manchester Athletic Center. Additionally, the facility will include space for football coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms and other areas designed to enhance recruiting efforts. There will also be space dedicated to enhancing the nutrition program for all Wake Forest student-athletes with convenient access to nutritional resources and grab-and-go food options.
Wellman said, “Our plans will provide a state-of-the-art space for our sports performance staff to improve every aspect of student-athlete recruitment, competitiveness and overall wellbeing.”
The Reynolda Road entrance to Wake Forest will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 19, and Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. because of road repaving by the City of Winston-Salem.
Reynolda Road will remain open during repaving at the entrance.
Throughout both days, the entrance will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.
Detour signs will direct motorists to the Polo Road entrance to the University. The University Parkway entrance will remain open, too.
The following is a message from President Nathan Hatch:
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
Please join me today (Friday, Oct. 18) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the tent on Manchester Plaza to celebrate Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest.
Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will significantly increase our impact on the region, the nation and the world by investing $1 billion over the next five years to strengthen and renew our ability to carry out our respective missions. With the help of alumni, parents and friends, the University will invest $600 million in our students, faculty and enhancements to campus life. Wake Forest Baptist will invest $400 million in its mission of patient care, research and education through a complementary campaign to be shared with supporters in the near future.
Wake Will represents the largest mobilization of support for our mission in the institution’s 179-year history. More important, Wake Will is our promise to prepare students to lead lives that matter. Read more
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Possessing any weapon at Wake Forest remains illegal, despite a new North Carolina law that went into effect October 1.
This week, news organizations are announcing a new state law allowing individuals with concealed handgun permits to leave guns in locked cars at various locations, including state college and university campuses.
The same law allows Wake Forest and other private higher education institutions to continue enforcing their own policies against weapons on campus. Weapons are not permitted on the campus or on any other property owned, used or operated by the University.
The Wake Forest policy regarding weapons is available here.