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Southern Utah Athletics to Celebrate Completion of George S. Eccles Sports Performance Center with Ribbon Cutting

Published: October 25, 2018 | Category: Athletics

George S. Eccles sports performance center buildingSouthern Utah University Athletics will celebrate the completion of the George S. Eccles Sports Performance Center with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on November 2 at 11 a.m. leading up to SUU’s home football contest with the University of Montana on November 3.

The event is open to the community for Thunderbird fans to attend.

“The Eccles Sports Performance Center has already made a significant impact for SUU’s almost 400 student-athletes and we are excited that we are finally able to show the building to our community,” SUU Director of Athletics Debbie Corum said. “There are so many people who worked diligently to make this dream come true and this ribbon cutting ceremony will be an opportunity to thank some of those who were involved. We hope the community will be able to attend and see for themselves the reasons for our excitement.”

Among those anticipated to speak at the event from the Southern Utah community are Corum, SUU President Scott L Wyatt, Assistant AD for Sports Performance Travis Illian, Men’s Basketball Head Coach Todd Simon and gymnast Kamryn Bayer.

Joining the event and speaking are Spencer F. Eccles, Chairman & CEO of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and Jay Francis, Executive VP for Corporate Affairs & Miller Family Philanthropy.

Thanks to the generosity of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation, the George S. Eccles Sports Performance Center became a reality and has improved the student-athlete experience for each member of every team that competes at Southern Utah University. The 8,000-square foot building, filled with brand new weight training equipment, will be a game changer for years to come for every administrator, coach and student-athlete that walks on campus.

In addition to the weight room, Jean and Joe Lopour graciously donated the funding for a Nutrition Station inside the Sports Performance Center. This area has allowed Thunderbird student-athletes to replenish and recharge their bodies with proper nutrients as they recover from, or prepare for, various competitions.

Student-athletes at SUU started using the new center last summer in anticipation of the 2018-19 athletic season.

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