Wilmington College will break ground Sept. 16 on an $8.4 million Center for Sport Sciences, which will include medical services for athletes as well as training facilities, classrooms and labs.
The 41,000-square-foot complex, which is to be completed by summer 2015, will include space for satellite offices of Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine,Drayer Physical Therapy and Clinton Memorial Hospital.
Athletic training and sports management are two of the most popular majors at the private college in Clinton County, and the commercial components of the Center for Sport Sciences are expected to enhance student learning.
The college has nearly 1,100 students at the main campus in Wilmington, and typically 45 percent are involved in intercollegiate athletics. The Fighting Quakers are in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The college has students involved in 21 intercollegiate or intramural sports.
“The center will directly impact well over half of our student body as they engage in their academic, athletic and recreational pursuits, and will be an especially appealing attraction for prospective students,” said Terry Rupert, vice president for athletics administration.
Beacon is also the medical provider for four public school districts in the area (Wilmington, Blanchester, East Clinton, and Clinton-Massie), and student athletes from those high schools will be able to receive medical treatment from Beacon and the two other providers at the college facility.
Clinton Memorial Hospital will operate an imaging center, which will include an MRI machine, CT scan and X-ray. Drayer Physical Therapy, a national company based in Pennsylvania, will provide long-term rehab services on campus.
The athletic training facility will include two in-ground hydrotherapy pools, electrical muscle stimulators, and cryo-compression and ultrasound units.
Beacon, Drayer and Clinton Memorial Hospital “will provide athletic training majors with access to multiple on-campus clinical sites for additional hands-on learning,” said Larry Howard, director of the college’s athletic training program.
“Our students now have the opportunity to learn from one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the nation thanks to this new partnership and building project,” Howard said of Kremchek.
Built on what was the Gilhart Soccer Field, the Center for Sport Sciences will include an indoor athletic field with artificial turf and batting cages. The west end of the 17,400-square-foot sport training facility will open to an outdoor, lighted field with artificial turf for numerous sports, including intramural play.
The center is next to the football field, where the Cincinnati Bengals used to hold training camp.
Gregg Harris, center manager of our Wilmington Center, spoke at the ground breaking ceremony on Sept. 16, 2014.