Building Wyoming's Athletic Legacy into the 21st Century

December 10, 1998

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyomings proposed Student-Athlete Center has taken a couple of steps closer to reality, as a result of significant "leadership" gifts recently pledged for the building, Athletics Director Lee Moon announced Thursday.

Thanks to gifts and pledges, over $1.2 million has been raised for the complex to be built at the north end of War Memorial Stadium. Estimated cost for the new structure is $8.4 million.

A $500,000 anonymous gift and a $250,000 gift from the First Interstate Bank Foundation are the latest pledges for the Student-Athlete Center.

Other leadership gifts for the Center include the Reiman Corp.; Gary and the late Earl Crum; Dick and Jean Campbell; Gordon Kearl; John C. and Esther L. Clay; Dick and Jeanne Nelson; Leonard and Mary McEwan; Jim and Yvonne York; Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Baker; Henry and Judy Wilks.

"The University of Wyoming is extremely grateful for the leadership gift commitments that are being made at this time," Moon said. "Through the generosity of First Interstate Bank and others, momentum for this critical facility is growing rapidly. The new building is something from which our student athletes will benefit greatly. It will help us properly train and educate our current student athletes as well as enhance the recruitment of future Cowgirls and Cowboys."

In the new Mountain West Conference, Wyoming is the only member that does not have a similar athletic facility.

The new building will include a state-of-the-art sports medicine center; a larger and improved speed and strength center, and a cutting edge academic center that will include a computer lab, tutoring rooms, a reading room and a resource/library room; locker rooms and a football center.

In addition, the facility will be home to the University of Wyoming Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame which currently is in the concourse of the Arena-Auditorium, and is running out of space.

Ben Blalock, UW Vice President for Institutional Advancement said, "It has been most gratifying to work closely with First Interstate Bank, our anonymous donor, and so many others during the early phase of this campaign. It is great to observe the enthusiasm these donors have for our student athletes. We need others to follow their giving example to ensure that the Cowgirl and Cowboy winning tradition, that brings such pride to the state, will continue as we enter the new Mountain West Conference."