Our athletics facilities create more than just spaces to exercise. They contribute to a vibrant community and balanced living. In fact, more than 25 percent of Dickinson’s students participate in varsity or inter-collegiate sports, and a much larger percentage of students participate in intramurals and casual recreation. Wellness and health are at the top of the list when students are asked about lifestyle elements of importance–making a well-rounded fitness and wellness program a necessity for our community.
However, Dickinson’s facilities are woefully out of date and the demands placed on our facilities are on the rise. The current spaces limit the opportunity to enhance the overall health and wellness of our campus for student, staff and faculty physical development and fitness.
During the First in America: Building our Tomorrow campaign, the college will invest in athletics facilitiesthat will meet the current needs of our community while addressing the inadequacies of our current athletics structures.
The Durden Athletic Training Center
The new Durden Athletic Training Center will provide a state-of-the-art facility–meeting the demands and expectations on our athletics facilities. Featuring locker rooms for men's and women's lacrosse, football, field hockey, coaches, officials and visiting teams, the facility will save the college consderable costs as disparate activities are centralized.
Kline Center Expansion
The Kline Fitness Center expansion will provide additional space and resources for Dickinson's varsity athletes and all students. The addition of five regulation-sized squash courts will enable the college to launch intramural, club and varsity squash teams, which will enhance recruiting efforts.
The McAndews Fund for Athletics
Gifts to the McAndrews Fund for Athletics support the needs of our athletics program, from travel expenses, training trips, facility improvements and new buildings. Gifts are put to use immediatley to provide much needed opportunities for our scholar-athletes.
Other Giving Opportunities:
Chair in Athletics and Physical Education
Support for a Chair in Athletics in Physical Education not only provides the continuity and the leadership that is so critical to a successful program, but it also sends a powerful message to our competitors of the value that Dickinson places on resources for our student-athletes.
Excellence in Coaching Fund
Support for coaching, either generally or with priority to a particular sport, is a critical measure to the key role coaches' play. They are valued members of our community as they equip students for stellar competitive performance in addition to the classroom and beyond.
Equipment and/or Uniform Fund
Equipment and uniforms are in constant use and don't have a very long shelf-life. They wear out, become obsolete and often need to be replaced with better, safer technology. Having dedicated resources ensures that our students will be provided with the tools they need for success.
Competitive athletic programs require travel. Often students must front some of the associated costs, particularly when training trips are involved. Dedicated funding would ensure that our athletes have the resources they need without the worry of providing their own passage.
Athletic Facility Maintenance Fund
Each year, the college spends a considerable sum to maintain and upgrade athletic and recreational facilities. Dickinson maintains two large playing areas at Biddle Field and Dickinson Park in addition to the Kline Center for Athletics which supports a variety of activities and recreational uses. Gifts would provide large field maintenane and the annual maintenance needs of the Athletic Department.