Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has announced a $15 million gift from alumnus Ben Sutton for construction of a facility designed to improve the overall competitiveness of the university's student-athletes.
The 87,000-square-foot Sutton Sports Performance Center will include more than ten thousand square feet of dedicated strength and conditioning facilities for football; additional strength and conditioning space for men's and women's soccer, men's and women's golf, field hockey, and volleyball; office and team space for men's and women's basketball; office space for football staff; convenient access to sports science technology; a nutrition area; and enhanced sports medicine and training resources, including an expanded hydrotherapy area. Preliminary site work on the facility will begin this month.
The gift also will support the creation of a 24,400-square-foot basketball player development center that will enable the university's basketball programs to avoid scheduling issues with other programs; dedicated strength and conditioning facilities for both men’s and women’s teams; and easy access to basketball sports medicine facilities, including a cryotherapy chamber.
In 2012, Sutton and his family made a $5 million gift in support of the Sutton Wellness and Recreation Center. To date, Sutton has committed nearly $27 million to the university.
"It's incredibly exciting and rewarding to know that the completion of the Sutton Sports Performance Center will catapult Wake Forest to the top of the ACC and SEC in terms of strength, conditioning, and player development facilities," said Sutton, who in 1992 founded ISP Sports, a collegiate sports marketing firm, which was later sold for almost $2.4 billion. "I am thrilled to support Wake Forest's commitment to providing student-athletes and our fine coaches with the resources and spaces they need to succeed both on the field and off."