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UW-Eau Claire Basketball,
Football Locker Rooms Get Facelift
MAILED: Sept. 9, 2002
News editors/directors: The following contacts are available for additional comments on this story: UW-Eau Claire’s head women’s basketball coach Tonja Englund (836-3489), head men’s basketball coach Terry Gibbons (836-5480), head football coach Todd Hoffner (836-3093), and Bill Rowlett, UW-Eau Claire development officer for athletics (836-5079).
EAU CLAIRE — More than $20,000 donated from alumni and friends of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has funded renovations in the university’s women’s basketball locker room, and fund-raising efforts are now under way for improvements in the football and men’s basketball locker rooms.
“The project has bolstered our recruiting efforts and is a source of special pride for the team and coaching staff,” said women’s basketball head coach Tonja Englund.
The women’s locker room project in Zorn Arena included repainting two locker rooms, replacing 30-year-old lockers and chairs, installing new carpeting and creating a team meeting and study area. The men’s basketball locker room project, also in Zorn Arena, will include replacement of old lockers and chairs, repainting, new carpeting, and new video equipment for game preparation and skill development. Improvements in the Olson Gym football locker room will include new lockers and chairs, repainted walls and improvements to the player meeting room. Also planned are purchases of new technology for game preparation.
“The main reason for the fund-raising effort is to help us in the recruiting process,” said head football coach Todd Hoffner. “We want to have the best facilities to help attract the top student/athletes. We feel that first impressions are important and the locker room is a place where the players should feel at home.”
Englund, Hoffner and men’s head basketball coach Terry Gibbons all expressed gratitude for the generosity of donors to the renovation efforts, emphasizing that the improvements will both help recruitment efforts and motivate current players.
“We’re grateful to all those who’ve stepped up to help with this project and show their support for our program,” Gibbons said.
Each charter contributor to the locker room fund-raising efforts has his or her name placed on a newly installed locker. Eighteen charter contributors were recognized in the completed women’s basketball project, 20 are sought for the men’s basketball project and 40 are sought for the football project, said Bill Rowlett, UW-Eau Claire’s development officer for athletics.
All donations to the locker room project will be recognized as gifts to UW-Eau Claire’s five-year comprehensive fund-raising campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence. The campaign seeks $35 million in private support by July 2005 for the university’s people and programs. Additional information about the locker room projects is available from Rowlett at (715) 836-5079.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: September 9, 2002