Beavers get a $3.5 million gift for Sports Performance expansion!

Two donors with previous Oregon State connections have made a 3.5 million dollar donation to the school to expand the Athletic Department's Sports Performance center. The two donors say they want to remain anonymous. The follow release from the school talks a little more about them. The expansion continues the improvement in the school's facilities for all Student-Athletes on campus.

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Oregon State University Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Tuesday that construction will begin this summer on the remodel of the Beavers' P. Wayne Valley Sports Performance Center (SPC). The $3.5 million expansion is fully funded via private gifts.

"We are delighted to have received two generous gifts to make this project a reality," Barnes said. "One provided by a former Beaver football student-athlete and current business owner, the other by the family of two former Beaver football student-athletes." Both parties wish to remain anonymous.

The project includes all new equipment, a Gatorade Fuel Bar, overall rebranding, and other physical improvements that will enhance OSU's Sports Performance staff's ability to physically train the school's 500-plus student-athletes. One of the biggest benefactors will be the football team with the enhanced weight stations and other training areas.

"While this facility will continue to be home base for our teams' strength and conditioning needs, a larger focus is on what the football program requires to continue to grow," Barnes said. "A key component of our Strategic Plan is to invest in facilities so that we can compete at the highest level; the SPC was an area that we identified as a critical facility to enhance as it directly impacts our student-athlete experience and ultimately leads to better prepared young men and women for competing at a high level."

"The lifeblood of any football program is in the strength and conditioning program and facilities," Beaver football head coach Jonathan Smith said. "The SPC is a huge piece of our ability to recruit young men who will make a difference on the field and for our current team members to develop physically. Without question the improvements to the SPC provide an opportunity for our football program to make strides on the field."

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