Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) received a $1 million gift for the expansion of the strength and conditioning facility at its on-campus arena. The new facility will be added to the existing arena, and will exclusively serve the university’s 250 student-athletes. Currently, the student-athletes share a weight room with the general student population.
Donors Jim and Donna Sublett wanted to increase opportunities for athletes to train intensely. In a press release, Jim Sublett said, “Many FGCU student-athletes will continue to bring honor and recognition to the university, partially because of the excellent new facility to fine-tune their bodies, skills, and talents.”
Eric Willin, COO of EZFacility, a sports facility management software developer in Woodbury, New York, remarked on the benefits of focused training for athletes. “Having access to a facility designed exclusively for athletic training will allow FGCU’s student-athletes to practice more intensely, develop a greater sense of what their bodies can do, and challenge themselves in a more community-centered atmosphere. The new strength and conditioning facility is great news for the university’s sports teams.” The Subletts’ donation represents part of a $12 million capital campaign FGCU’s athletic department is running. Approximately $7 million of that amount will allow for planned updates to the arena, including the new strength and conditioning facility, and $5 million will go toward scholarships, recruiting budgets, and additional facility enhancements.