Yawkey Athletics Center
The Yawkey Athletics Center, expected to open in 2005, will
be the home of the football team. The state-of-the-art center, which will
abut the north end zone of Alumni Stadium, will house separate training
and locker rooms for the team and will feature a weight room, a large
classroom, meeting rooms, offices, event and study spaces, and a football
hall of fame. In addition, the new center will greatly benefit all other
campus sports by opening up to them the full use of Boston College’s
existing athletic facilities.
Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo is pleased that when the
center opens, the more than 600 students who participate in 17 women’s
sports and 14 men’s sports will gain the space and facilities they
need. “For historical reasons, and because our facilities are limited,
we have not been able to provide our Olympic and women athletes with as
good an experience as they ought to have at BC. This is an opportunity
to give each of our students, men and women, an equal chance to excel
at their sports,” he says.
Thanks to a $15 million gift from The Yawkey Foundation,
the largest foundation gift received in the history of Boston College,
the squeeze for space will soon be a thing of the past. “My staff
is pretty cramped where we are right now,” says Women’s Basketball
Coach Cathy Inglese, whose 14-member team typically crowds into her office
in Conte Forum to analyze basketball films. Currently, they have to use
the men’s soccer team’s locker room during games. Tight quarters
even forced Coach Inglese to turn a closet into an office for her assistant
that amateur sports offers an important opportunity for self-discovery
and learning on many levels and that Boston College has a strong
commitment to fostering scholar-athletes, The Yawkey Foundation
chose to help the University make this experience available to
more students. This gift will help continue the legacy of Tom
Yawkey who were strong supporters of education and amateur sports
and had a longstanding relationship with Boston College.” JOHN
L. HARRINGTON ’57, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND TRUSTEE, THE
The Yawkey Athletics Center will be a definite boon to the
football team. “Over the years, our football training facilities
fell behind the competition,” says Football Coach Tom O’Brien.
“The Yawkey Center is going to be a critical ingredient in helping
us to continue to attract the student athletes we want at BC—the
kind who can both win on the field and be successful in the classroom.”
Learning Resources for Student Athletes, which provides
athletes with academic assistance, will move to the new center, where
there will be more space for studying, more computer stations, and more
offices for tutoring. Boston College, which has a strong record of supporting
the academic success of its athletes, was honored by the American Football
Coaches Association as one of seven institutions to record a football
player graduation rate of 90 percent or better.
Kristen Madden ’04—a member of the field hockey
team, which is perennially ranked among the nation’s top 20 field
hockey teams—looks forward to less crowded workouts at more predictable
hours. “I think it will open up Conte Forum and provide students
with more personal attention from trainers,” she says.
Photo at top of page: Women’s basketball player
Jessalyn Deveny ’05
(on bench) and football player Josh Ott ’03 in Conte Forum.
Inset photo: Jean R. and Thomas A. Yawkey.
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