BGSU alum jump-starts athletic center fundsWritten by Scott McKimmy | | firstname.lastname@example.org
When Bowling Green State University decided the time had arrived to raise funds for a new athletic center, it got a little boost from an alumnus and former athlete. Bob Sebo, a co-founder of Paychex Inc., and his wife, Karen, donated
$3.5 million over five years to support the $8.7 million project.
The Sebo Athletic Center in the north end zone of Doyt E. Perry Stadium will provide state-of-the-art training facilities for more than 420 student athletes in all BGSU sports, according to Sebo. He said the center will feature a 440-yard sprint track, film-viewing rooms, multi-purpose classrooms and, most notably, a strength-training room.
Though retired, Sebo has stayed abreast of the athletic community.
”In today’s game of football, strength training is imperative or you’re just not going to compete,” he said. ”And that strength training is going to expand to all of the athletics within the university beyond the football program.”
Dick Waring, major gift officer for intercollegiate athletics, has helped guide the campaign, assisting in forming a steering committee and gathering estimates for potential contractors to complete the facility. The project should require 15 months and, although delayed by changes to the design, Waring said the university hopes to begin groundwork in November.
The 42,000-square-foot center will have ”the benefit of what we’re hoping is the best available teaching and learning environment,” he said. It also will provide students air conditioning, a luxury not afforded currently for summer training workouts.
To accomplish the goal, potential donors have been asked to perform above and beyond just like the Falcon athletes in 18 varsity men’s and women’s sports.
”We always ask our kids for 110 percent in terms of their performance,” Waring said. ”What we’re doing then is going out asking former Falcon athletes and alums and friends of the university to step up in terms of private financial support.”
The Sebo Center falls within the scope of a greater $120 million effort, Building Dreams: The Centennial Campaign for Bowling Green State University. More than $82 million has been committed so far to increase scholarships, enhance faculty and leadership and strengthen programs.
The campaign runs through 2008.