Nazareth College announced on Wednesday that they have received the largest gift in the school’s history.
A $7.5 million donation from Tom Golisano will go toward a new indoor athletic training center.
Not only will the facility be a huge asset for students at Nazareth, but also training grounds for the New York State Special Olympics.
“It’s more than just a facility,” said Nazareth President Daan Braveman. “What it creates is opportunities for our 1,100 students in Health & Human Services programs, and our students in the School of Education, to really develop the understanding and ability to work with people of all abilities.”
“In the Genesee region, we serve almost 6,000 athletes and we produce almost 50 competitions a year,” said Neal Johnson, president of the NYS Special Olympics. “As our program has grown, the need for additional, high level, top flight program competition venues grows and grows and grows.”
The training facility will be 91,000 square feet. Ground will be broken early next summer, and construction should be completed by the start of the 2018 academic year.