It’s here! The March 31 deadline for the Sports Performance Center match is upon us and we need your help! This is a moment in the history of Wake Forest Athletics that will forever be remembered as a time when Wake Forest training facilities took a dramatic step towards Championship caliber. Through the Sports Performance Center match made possible by Bob McCreary and Ben Sutton, all donations to the Sports Performance Center until March 31 will be matched dollar for dollar. That’s right, you give and Bob and Ben will double your gift.
The 95,000 square foot Sports Performance Center is a game-changer for Wake Forest Athletics. Benefiting all athletic programs, it will create a permanent strength and conditioning area, nutrition space, much needed coaches’ office upgrades and other team spaces.
As I think about the need for the Sports Performance Center, I think of the assets that our coaches need for success; assets that I liken to a quiver of arrows. The quiver for Wake Forest consists of several truly strong arrows, including:
- An education at a Top 25 school.
- An Office of Professional and Career Development that is first in its class.
- A Power Five conference to compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.
- Competition facilities that are some of the finest in the country.
- Top level coaching staffs that are experienced, hungry for Championships and have the drive to succeed unlike any team of coaches I have ever seen.
- Tradition of success across the board in our programs
However, if there were an arrow missing from the quiver, it would be the presence of effective strength and conditioning and nutrition facilities. Fortunately, this critical element is so close to seeing the dramatic and game-changing improvement it so badly needs.
As you walk through the newly constructed McCreary Field House with its 120-yard artificial turf field benefiting all athletic programs at Wake Forest, you see an incredible facility that is now the envy of the entire country. This facility is also now the temporary home to a new state-of-the-art weight room exclusively for Wake Forest football. With its sparkling new equipment, this weight room has already made a tremendous impact on the football program. All of this further illustrates just how far we’ve come and how important it is to complete the final piece of this project, the Sports Performance Center.
The Sports Performance Center is truly the missing arrow in the quiver for Wake Forest Athletics; an arrow that will be the catalyst for bringing our program to the next level—a level where five-star recruits are a reality and where we’re able to train and develop our student-athletes far beyond what we ever thought possible.
As the clock winds down I urge you to help us in this critical time and consider making a gift* to support our efforts. Gather up your toilet paper because Championships are coming and it will soon be time to roll.
*To make your gift, please visit wakewill.wfu.edu/lets-roll
(Note: This article was originally published in the April 2016 issue of Gold Rush.)