Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-being – Goal $15 Million

We understand that holistic wellness stretches beyond the physical person; it is also mental and spiritual in nature. The Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-being will provide expanded opportunities for health promotion needed to meet national standards for college health. Construction of the new space will demonstrate our commitment to campus well-being while filling a critical gap in health promotion programming. The new facility will include work space for peer educators, educational workshops, and discrete areas for individual and group counseling needed to fully comply with privacy and confidentiality standards.

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The facility will also allow us to provide space and programming for addressing pressing national public health issues such as obesity, substance abuse, stress, and chronic depression among college students. With additional small group meeting spaces, student groups will also have the opportunity to move their spiritual gatherings to an area more conducive to their practice.

Caring for the Whole Person

caring for the whole person

Our campaign for the Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-being is simple: we want to offer transformative experiences in an environment that supports the whole person. By emphasizing a commitment and personal responsibility for our community’s well-being, we will integrate athletic and recreational programs with mental health and wellness, along with space to explore spiritual development and emotional well-being.

Increasing Sports Performance

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Our current athletic facility, Thompson Gymnasium, was originally designed to support ten varsity teams and approximately 200 athletes. Today, more than 420 athletes and over twenty teams compete for space, time and resources in the almost 50-year-old facility. An expanded indoor athletics venue will reduce athletic operating expenses, ease the demand on student schedules, and virtually eliminate the need for transportation and rental of off-site facilities.

Encouraging Student Fitness

Over 500 are involved in Intramurals and Efit group classes, which places pressure on our current capacity in the gym and campus multipurpose rooms.

It’s not just varsity athletes who require gym time; our intramural teams feel the pressure of the campus’ only indoor facility. Lack of space has limited the growth and participation of our club and intramural programs. Practices and games are often held until midnight to accommodate all the groups on campus.

Additionally, larger group multi-use spaces are needed to accommodate our ever-expanding range of student and staff wellness offerings including Zumba, Pilates, and yoga classes. Over 500 students are involved in Intramurals and Efit group classes, which places pressure on our current capacity in the gym and campus multipurpose rooms. Larger group spaces, specifically designed to accommodate recreational activities and group fitness classes are needed in order to encourage life-long behaviors for healthy living.

Promoting Holistic Wellness

We understand that holistic wellness stretches beyond the physical person; it is also mental and spiritual in nature. The Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-being will provide expanded opportunities for health promotion needed to meet national standards for college health. Construction of the new space will demonstrate our commitment to campus well-being while filling a critical gap in health promotion programming. The new facility will include work space for peer educators, educational workshops, and discrete areas for individual and group counseling needed to fully comply with privacy and confidentiality standards.

The facility will also allow us to provide space and programming for addressing pressing national public health issues such as obesity, substance abuse, stress, and chronic depression among college students. With additional small group meeting spaces, student groups will also have the opportunity to move their spiritual gatherings to an area more conducive to their practice.

3,957 total student attendance in Fall 2015 programming

Ensuring Future Enrollment

In this competitive recruiting market, students and families are often looking for reasons to eliminate a school from their list, rather than looking at one determining factor in making a final choice. In its current state, our indoor athletic and wellness facility creates a significant disadvantage for Elizabethtown. Over 80% of our peer institutions have facilities similar in scope and function to the proposed new facility, and with academic facilities and reputation being comparable, the difference in a fitness and wellness facilities is costing Elizabethtown student enrollments every year. For students committed to participating in a collegiate sport, 65% of the MAC and Landmark conference schools have a comprehensive fitness and wellness facility.

A new facility committed to wellness for the whole person is an essential piece that is missing from our campus. Ultimately, it comes down to providing our current students the space and services that they deserve in a location that serves their wellness needs while fulfilling national standards for college health. If you’re interested in making a significant gift to contribute to the health and wellness of our campus community, please contact one of our gift officers.

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