Ursuline College recently received a gift of $1 million dollars from an anonymous donor for the College’s athletic center rebuilding fund. The fund was set up after an EF1 tornado struck the campus on July 20, which caused the collapse of the west wall of the athletic center, the uprooting of 167 trees, along with roof, window and water damage to other campus facilities.Since that time, Ursuline has been working with the College’s insurance provider to determine a settlement for the athletic center. In addition to the amount the College will receive from the insurance company, efforts are underway to raise $5 million to build a new athletic facility suitable for the College’s new NCAA Division II status.
“We are grateful for this generous donation that will make a significant impact on the future of Ursuline College,” said Sister Diana Stano, Ursuline College President. “This has been a challenging year for the College, especially for our student athletes. I hope this gift will be the catalyst for additional support from generous donors.”
Currently, modular units on Ursuline’s campus house athletic offices, locker rooms and training facilities. Without the use of a gym on campus, student athletes spend an average of 14 hours a week traveling off campus for practice and competition. For that reason, the College established an aggressive timeline for fundraising and plans to break ground for the new athletic center in spring 2014.
“The schedule was really tough and took a toll on all of us,” Maureen Kelly, a Senior Volleyball player, said. “We did not get back until about eight o’clock at night after practices. Then there was school work.”The College has formed a committee consisting of area business leaders and Ursuline alumnae to spearhead the fundraising efforts. For more information or to contribute to the rebuilding fund, visit ursuline.edu/rebuild.